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MAC Men's Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Nick Winbush. Miami, Forward
Senior, Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights)
Winbush put together back-to-back double-doubles for the second time this season and averaged an impressive 18.5 ppg and 11.0 rpg as Miami moved a half a game into first place in the East Division ... Winbush tied a career high with 26 points in an 86-80 overtime win against Kent State to take over first place in the East Division ... he shot 64.3 percent from the field (9-of-14) and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line while tying a season high with 12 boards he also had three blocked shots against the Golden Flashes ... Winbush scored 16 points in the first half to keep Miami within striking distance and helped the RedHawks erase a 13-point deficit in the second half ... after hitting a 3-pointer early in overtime, a 3-point play by Winbush put the RedHawks up for good ... at James Madison, Winbush scored 11 points and had a 10 boards to lead all players in a one-point game with the Bulldogs ... he also notched two blocked shots ... for the week, he shot 51.9 percent from the field and had five blocked shots ... he never came off the floor for the RedHawks in either game.
MAC Men's Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Demetrius Ward, Western Michigan, Guard
Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Pershing)
Ward has scored in double figures in each of the last 10 games with 15 points against NIU and 14 against Illinois State this week. Twelve of Ward's points at NIU game during a four-minute stretch that took a tied game to a 12-point lead for WMU at halftime. Ward scored a pair of jumpers, two three-pointers and a lay up as time expired in the first half against the Huskies, a road win for the Broncos. Ward came back with 14 points in WMU's Bracket Buster game against ILSU. The junior went 4-for-7 from the field with five rebounds and four assists in WMU's seventh win in a game decided by three points or less this season.
Nikola Cvetinovic, Akron, Forward
Junior, Loznica, Serbia (Virginia Episcopal School)
Cvetinovic led the Zips to a 2-0 mark last week, including an 89-54 win at Bowling Green on Feb. 15 and a 76-67 win over Creighton in the ESPNU BracketBusters game on Feb. 19. Against Bowling Green, Cvetinovic led all players with 11 boards while dishing out four dimes and pitching in with six points. Against Creighton, he helped the Zips to their fifth-straight win, scoring 19 points and grabbing a team-best eight boards. For the week he fell one rebound shy of averaging a double-double, averaging 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal. He closed the week shooting 52.6 percent from the floor (10-for-19) 83.3 percent from the charity stripe (5-for-6).
Chris Bond, Ball State, Forward
Freshman, Gary, Ind. (Bowman Academy)
Bond continued his strong play after moving into the starting lineup as he averaged 14.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in the Cardinals' two contests ... Bond connected on 65 percent (13-of-20) from the field in the two games while also posting six steals ... He posted his first career double-double against Toledo with a career-high 18 points and a career-high 10 points ... Followed that up with 10 points and nine rebounds at Wofford in the Sears BracketBusters event ... Bond is averaging 11.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in the seven games he has started and is shooting 66.7 percent (34-of-51) from the field.
Zach Filzen, Buffalo, Guard
Junior, Northfield, MN (Northfield)
Filzen scored a career-high 30 points against Milwaukee on Saturday. The junior guard shot 11-of-15 from the field, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. He scored 23 points, including five treys in the first half to help the Bulls establish a nine-point lead at the break. His six three-pointers tied a career high. He had a team-high 15 points, including three three-pointers against Ohio on Tuesday night.
Brandon Bowdry, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Senior, St. Louis, Mo.-Taylor (Mich.) Truman
Turned in the 36th double-double of his career with 28 points and 13 rebounds in a 63-60 win over Jacksonville State, Feb. 19, at home in a Sears BracketBuster Game...Made 9-of-14 field goals, 1-of-1 threes against JSUJ...Scored 13 points with four boards in a mid-week loss at Central Michigan when he was plagued by foul trouble, playing just 23 minutes before fouling out...Made 15-of-29 field goals, 1-of-2 threes and 10-of-17 free throws with 17 rebounds and 41 points in the two-game stretch
DeVaughn Washington, Ohio, Forward
Senior, Virginia Beach, Va. (Kempsville)
Washington led Ohio as the team won both its road games and improved to 6-2 in its last eight games. The senior big man matched his career-high with 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds in an overtime win at Winthrop, the Big South Champion five of the last six years. Washington also scored in double figures and only missed one shot from the field in the 'Cats' win at Buffalo. In MAC play, Washington has hit double figures in all but one contest for Ohio. The second leading scorer this year for the Bobcats, he is 66 points shy of 1,000 for his career after scoring only 244 during his first two seasons.