MAC East Division Player of the Week
Byron Mulkey, Buffalo, Guard
Senior, Wheatfield, NY (Niagara Wheatfield)
Mulkey played a key role in two memorable Buffalo wins on the week, The senior point guard scored a career-high 27 points, including five three-pointers in a 79-54 win over Kent State. It was the largest margin of victory over a Kent State squad in school history. Mulkey scored 21 of his points in the first half. He added four rebounds, five assists and two steals against the Golden Flashes. Against Ohio, Mulkey scored all 12 of his points in the second half to help the Bulls erase an 18-point defecit and beat the Bobcats. It was the largest defecit ever overcome to win a MAC road game since the Bulls joined the league in 1998. With the Bulls leading by three and 30 seconds left, Mulkey came up with a steal and was fouled. His free throws iced the game for the Bulls.
MAC West Division Player of the Week
Randy Davis, Ball State, Guard
Junior, Plymouth, Ind. (Plymouth)
Davis helped guide the Cardinals to a pair of Mid-American Conference road victories last week, by averaging 17.5 points and 31.0 minutes-per-contest. Saturday, Davis led the Cardinals to their first victory at Toledo since Jan. 12, 2002 by tying career-highs with 24 points, 14 made free throws and four steals. Davis went a perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line in the contest, while shooting .571 (4-for-7) from the field, including a pair of three's. He also handed out a game-high seven assists against the Rockets, while grabbing four rebounds. In Wednesday's victory at Eastern Michigan, Davis collected 11 points and four boards, while dishing out six assists.Ball State's 13-4 start is the best for the Cardinals since the team started 16-3 in 1997-98. The 5-0 MAC start is the best since the Cardinals started 6-0 in 1997-98.
Scott Thomas, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Ashley, Ohio (Buckeye Valley)
Thomas averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game as Bowling Green went 1-1 on the week. Thomas also shot 52 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range. In a win over Ohio, Thomas was one rebound shy of a double-double, finishing with 19 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. In a tough loss at Akron Saturday, he had 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. On the year, Thomas ranks 17th in the country in steals.
Andre Coimbra, Central Michigan, Forward
Junior, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M)
Filling in for the injured Jalin Thomas, junior forward Andre Coimbra had a career week. In Thursday's 66-64 win over Nothern Illinois, Coimbra played a season-high 37 minutes, scoring a career-high 14 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. The junior also recorded a team-high three blocks and knocked down all three of his three-point field goal attempts. In Sunday's loss at Eastern Michigan, Coimbra recorded his first career double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down a career-high 12 rebounds. Coimbra once again recorded three blocks, giving him six total in the two games and held the MAC's second leading scorer in Brandon Bowdry to a season-low six points on the day.
Randal Holt, Kent State, Guard
Sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)
Holt helped lead the Golden Flashes to a 1-1 week averaging 19.0 points and shooting 66.7 percent (8-12) from three. He capped off the week with a career high 22 points in a 78-57 win over Miami on Sunday. Earlier in the week he totaled 16 points at Buffalo. During MAC play he leads the team with 13.8 ppg wile shooting 48.1 percent (13-27) from three.
Nick Winbush, Miami, Forward
Senior, Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights)
Winbush recorded back-to-back double-doubles last week ... he notched 11 points and 12 rebounds in an 84-76 win over Akron ... at Kent State, Winbush tallied a team-high 15 points and a game-best 12 rebounds and added two blocked shots ... for the week, he averaged 13.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg and helped Miami to a +9.5 rebounding advantage.
Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois, Guard
Senior, Austin, Texas (Brewster Academy/University of Colorado)
Silas led Northern Illinois with 23.5 points and 6.0 rebounds for the week. Silas netted 24 points and six rebounds against Central Michigan, shooting 50 percent (9-of-18) from the field; Silas also had three assists and one block against the Chippewas. He then scored 23 points and had six rebounds at Western Michigan, shooting 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the floor against the Broncos. Silas also had two assists and two blocks in the contest.
Nick Kellogg, Ohio, Guard
Kellogg led the team in scoring this past week and over the last four games, is averaging 12.5 points per contest (all MAC game). The freshman had 13 points in the loss at BG and then followed that with a team-high 14 in the contest against Buffalo. He is currently one of the MAC's league leaders in free throw percentage (.806) and three-point field goal percentage (.468).
Malcolm Griffin, Toledo, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill.(Hyde Park)
Griffin averaged a team-high 23.5 points and 4.5 assists per game to go along with 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest. He also shot an impressive 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from three-point range as well as 51.4 percent from the field. Griffin has scored 20 or more points in three straight games and is the first Rocket to achieve this feat in over seven years. In Wednesday's 73-60 win over Western Michigan, Griffin led UT with 22 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes of action. He scored 15 of his points in the second half to help UT hold off the Broncos' attempted second-half rally. Against Ball State, he tallied 25 points, five rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes.
Demetrius Ward, Western Michigan, Guard
Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Pershing)
Ward scored in double figures in each of WMU's two games this past week, reaching 20 points in a game for the third time in his career and third time this season. He scored 20 in a loss to Toledo, attempting a career high 10 three-point FGs, making four. He added 15 points in an 82-80 come from behind win over NIU and he set up the game-winning play. With 9.9 seconds, Ward drove to the right side of the lane, putting up a shot high on the glass. The miss went directly to teammate Matt Stainbrook who tipped in the game winning FG with less than two seconds remaining. Ward's 20-point performance was his 12th in double figures this season and the third time he led the team in scoring in 2010-11.