MAC Men's Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois, Guard
Senior, Austin, Texas (Colorado)
Northern Illinois' only game of the week, Huskie guard Xavier Silas tied his career high by scoring 34 points for the second consecutive game in the Huskies' 86-80 win over Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Silas' points came on 12-of-16 shooting as he established a new career high for field goals made in a game. Silas also tied his season high for rebounds with 6 and had his best game of the year in terms of assists (3) and steals (2) while playing 36 minutes. Silas hit 4-of-5 three-pointers and is now averaging 28.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game (leads team) while shooting at a 61 percent clip from the field and 56.6 percent from three.
MAC Men's Basketball East Division Player of the Week
D.J. Cooper, Ohio, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill.
Cooper was named to the Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament Team. Cooper averaged 19.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists as the Bobcats went 2-1 last week. He recorded his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 assists in the win over Valpo ... 16 points and six rebounds in the game against No. 6 Kansas ... Finished four shy of his career-high with 29 points and five rebounds in the win over Santa Clara ... On the season, leading the Bobcats with 17.8 points, 6.7 assists and almost three steals per game while also adding 5.5 rebounds per game
Byron Mulkey, Buffalo, Guard
Senior, Wheatfield, NY
Mulkey scored a career-high 23 points on 7-9 shooting (including 8-8 from the free throw line) in an 81-64 win at Canisius. He added four rebounds, five assists and three steals. Due to foul trouble, he was limited to 26 minutes. He still had 11 points, seven assists and three steals. In the two game last week, Mulkey had 12 assists to only two turnovers.
Trey Zeigler, Central Michigan, Guard
Freshman, Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Zeigler came off the bench for the first time in his career to give the Chippewas a spark and propel them to their first road win of the season last Wednesday at Illinois-Chicago. The first-year player scored nine of his 17 points in the first half. Zeigler finished the game 7-11 shooting while going a perfect two-for-two from the charity stripe. Zeigler leads the Chippewas with 18.8 points per game on the season.
Brandon Bowdry, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Senior, St. Louis, Mo.-Taylor (Mich.) Truman
Bowdry made 10-of-19 field goals, 2-of-3 free throws, had four offensive and nine defensive rebounds with one assist and two steals in EMU's 74-68 loss at James Madison Saturday, Nov. 26.
Justin Greene, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Lincoln)
Greene was once again a driving force behind another 2-0 week for Kent State. The junior forward averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assist as the Golden Flashes continued the program's best start since 2002-03 by improving to 6-1 on the year. Greene began the week with a 20-point, 6-rebound, 4-assist performance in a 94-71 win over Urbana on Tuesday night. On Friday he racked up his third double-double of the year with 18 points and a game high 11 rebounds in an 80-75 win over Lehigh that secured the 12th straight home victory for Kent State. Greene totaled nine of his 18 in the final five minutes to help the Golden Flashes finally pull away in a game that featured 22 lead changes and 11 ties. For the season he has four 20-point games and ranked second in the MAC in scoring 19.4 ppg and third in rebounding 8.1 rpg.
Malcolm Griffin, Toledo, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill. (Hyde Park)
Griffin registered a career scoring high points in both of UT's road games last week at Youngstown State and UIC. He averaged 18.0 ppg, 4.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 50.0 percent (15-of-3) from the field and 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from three-point range. Against the Penguins, he tallied a career-high 18 points to go along with a season-high six assists, five rebounds and three steals. He followed that up with another 18-point performance against the Flames in addition to dishing out three assists.
Matt Stainbrook, Western Michigan, Center
Freshman, Bay Village, Ohio/St. Edwards
Stainbrook scored a season high 16 points in a loss to No. 19 Illinois on 7-of-8 shooting and going 2-for-4 from the line. The freshman added four rebounds, two assists, a block and two steals against the Illini. Stainbrook was perfect from the field and the free-throw line in WMU's 12-point road win at Milwaukee. The 16 points against the Illini was his second double-digit scoring game of his young career and was the first time he led the team in scoring this season.