MAC Men's East Division Co-Players of the Week
Byron Mulkey, Buffalo, Guard
Senior, Wheatfield, N.Y.
Mulkey was the Bulls' leading scorer in wins over Niagara and Green Bay as the Bulls went 2-0 on the week. Against Niagara, the senior point guard had 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals. In the Bulls' win over Green Bay, Mulkey scored 21 points (2 shy of his career high) and added three rebounds, four assists and a steal. He scored 16 points in the second half to help extend a two-point lead to a 16-point UB advantage. Mulkey shot 15-of-17 from the free throw line over the two games.
Julian Mavunga, Miami, Forward
Junior, Indianapolis, Ind. (Brownsburg)
Mavunga was a dominant force in a pair of RedHawk wins and consecutive season-high team scoring sums as he shot a scorching 73.3 percent from the field for the week, including 66.7 from 3-point range. Mavunga averaged 16.5 ppg and 7.5 rpg while dishing out five assists and tallying four blocked shots last week. He led all scorers with 17 points in 29 minutes of action against Saginaw Valley and tied a career-high with three blocked shots against the Cardinals ... Mavunga was an impressive 7-for-8 from the field, including 1-of-1 from long range against SVSU and also hauled in six boards. Mavunga and teammate Orlando Williams led all scorers in a thrilling 80-73 come-from-behind win against Troy on Saturday with 16 points apiece as five RedHawks scored in double figures. He also grabbed nine boards and added three assists and one blocked shot to his line in 39 minutes of action. Mavunga sunk a pair of critical free throws, two of his seven for the game, drilling both charity tosses with 2:05 remaining to knot the game, 73-73, and ignite a 9-0 RedHawk flurry over the final minutes of the game to capture the win.
MAC Men's West Division Player of the Week
Jarrod Jones, Ball State, Forward
Junior, Michigan City, Ind. (Michigan City)
Jones led the Cardinals to a 2-0 week with road wins at Eastern Illinois and DePaul. Jones posted back-to-back double-doubles in the victories as he averaged 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He connected on 53.3 percent (16-of-30) from the field in the two victories. He posted 20 points and 13 rebounds at EIU as he was 9-of-15 from the field. He led the Cardinals to their first win over a Big East foe since 1990 with 17 points and 12 rebounds at DePaul. He has posted five double-doubles in eight game this season as he averages 14.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
Dee Brown, Bowling Green,Guard
Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Country Day)
With BGSU's leading scorer Scott Thomas sidelined due to an injury sustained in practice, junior guard Dee Brown scored a career-high 24 points as Bowling Green defeated Florida International 76-67 Sunday. Brown made 6-of-8 shots, including 3-of-4 three-pointers, and 9-of-13 free-throws in 35 minutes to help the Falcons pick up a home non-conference win. He added three assists, two rebounds and a steal in the win. For the week, Brown averaged 17.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game after posting 10 points and five rebounds in a 59-52 loss to Sunbelt Conference power Western Kentucky. He added two steals in that contest. In all, he shot 52 percent from the field on the week and 60 percent from three-point range.
Jalin Thomas, Central Michigan, Forward
Senior, Columbus, Ohio
Thomas led the Chippewas in scoring for the third straight game, recording 21 points, his fourth game of the season with 19-plus points. Thomas hit 11 of his 12 free throw attempts and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. The senior is now averaging 22 points per game over the team's last three games, and 17.0 on the season to lead all Chippewas.
Brandon Bowdry, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Senior, St. Louis, Mo.-Taylor (Mich.)
Bowdry turned in a pair of double-doubles in two games last week, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds in a 58-54 loss to Drake, Dec. 8, and scoring 31 points with a personal-best 19 rebounds in a 68-65 overtime loss to Detrot, Dec. 11...Bowdry made 19-of-40 field goals, 2-of-6 threes and 16-of-22 free throws in the two-game stretch while also dishing four assists, two blocks with one steal...His 19 rebounds against U-D tied the EMU single-game Convocation record.
Justin Greene, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Brooklyn, NY (Lincoln)
Greene recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 rebounds while adding three blocks and three steals on Sunday. The balanced statistical effort helped Gree lead the Golden Flashes to a 56-51 win over South Florida that improved Kent State to 8-3 and marked the program's first over a school in a power-six conference on a non-neutral court in 40 years. Earlier in the week, Greene score 14 points and had six rebounds in a 65-62 loss at Florida. For the week he averaged 14.5 ppg and 10.0 rpg plus 2.5 bpg.
DeVaughn Washington, Ohio, Forward
Senior, Virginia Beach, Va.
Registered his first double-double of the season and fifth of his career with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the contest with IUPUI ... Washington set a career-high with nine defensive rebounds in the game ... Shot 50 percent from the floor in making his first start of the 2010-11 season ... Leading rebounder for the Bobcats this week and one of three players that averaged double figures in points scored.
Reese Holliday, Toledo, Guard
Freshman, Kansas City, KS (Sumner Academy)
Holliday averaged 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game to go along with a 58.8 FG% (10-of-17) in the Rockets' two games last week. Holliday's top performance came when he led UT to its first win of the season with his first career double-double, scoring a team-high 16 points and grabbing a season-best 10 boards in 31 minutes. He scored the first four points of overtime and UT never trailed in the extra session en route to a three-point win. Earlier in the week, he tallied a season-high 17 points and a team-best eight rebounds in UT's 78-65 setback at IPFW.
Flenard Whitfield, Western Michigan, Forward
Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King)
Whitfield was instrumental in the Broncos picking up a pair of wins this week, both decided by one possession on the final possession. The junior scored 11 points in WMU's 71-69 win over Detroit but more importantly had two blocks during the game with both coming in the deciding defensive possessions. Whitfield swatted a layup attempt in the final 10 seconds to help preserve the win. Against GSU, Whitfield used his offense to help lift the Broncos to a 61-59 win on the road. The junior scored a jumper at the 1:46 mark to give WMU a 57-56 lead and then the decisive layup with :00.6 seconds remaining to finish with a game high 17 points. Whitfield's two offensive performances were his fourth and fifth double-digit scoring games of the season and 24th and 25th of his career.