MAC Men's Basketball East Division Player of the Week
D.J. Cooper, Ohio, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill. (Seton Academy)
The nation's leading assist man started the week by scoring 30 points and dishing out six assists in a close loss at Central Michigan. It was Cooper's second 30-plus game of the season and the most points he had scored in 40 minutes (27 in four-overtime game against St. Bonaventure). The sophomore guard played a balanced offensive game on Saturday in a key win for the Bobcats over Northern Illinois. Cooper finished with 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Cooper has been Ohio's top assist man in 21 of 23 games this year and passed Robert Machado of Iona for the top spot in the country,with 7.7 assists per game this season. Cooper also impressed at the free-throw line, going 16-for-19 on the week.
MAC Men's Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Brandon Bowdry, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Senior, St. Louis, Mo.-Taylor (Mich.) Truman
Bowdry turned in the 34th and 35th double-doubles of his career with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Akron on Wednesday, Feb. 2, and followed up with a 19-point, 11-rebound effort in a two-point loss to Miami Saturday, Feb. 5. Bowdry made 14-of-28 field goals, 2-of-5 threes, 14-of-18 free throws with 23 rebounds in the two games.
Nikola Cvetinovic, Akron, Forward
Junior, Loznica, Serbia (Virginia Episcopal School)
Cvetinovic led the Zips to a 1-1 record last week, averaging 10.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.5 assists per game while averaging 28.5 minutes. Against Eastern Michigan on Feb. 2, he posted a career-high 16 rebounds to go with 13 points, three steals and two assists. The double-double was his fifth of the season and his 16 rebounds was his third-straight game with 10+ rebounds. During Akron's Division I era (1980-81), only two additional players have grabbed double-digit rebounds in three-consecutive games. Pete Freeman (Dec. 4-15, 1990) and Marcel Boyce (Jan. 27-Feb. 3, 1986) each reached double figures in four-consecutive games. Against Toledo on Feb. 5, he just missed his fourth-consecutive game of 10+ rebounds, grabbing nine boards and eight points. He had three assists and two steals in the game. For the week, he shot 42.1 percent from the floor (8-for-19) and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe (5-for-7).
Jauwan Scaife, Ball State, Guard
Sophomore, Muncie, Ind. (Muncie Central)
Scaife averaged a team-high 22.0 points per game in the Cardinals two MAC contests last week. Scaife connected on 64.7 (11-of-17) three-pointers in the two games as he hit five at Miami and tied his career-high with six against Buffalo ... On the week, he shot 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field and posted a team-high six steals to keep the Cardinals atop the MAC West Division.
A'uston Calhoun, Bowling Green, Forward
Sophomore, Southfield, Mich. (Southfield)
Calhoun posted his second career double-double in a three-point overtime road win at Northern Illinois and averaged 19.5 points and 9.0 rebounds on the week. Calhoun shot 50 percent from the field and made all nine of his free-throw attempts. In Wednesday's win at Northern Illinois, he finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Falcons. He followed that up by scoring 21 second-half points against Western Michigan and finished with 23 points and seven rebounds, adding two steals and a blocked shot.
Zach Filzen, Buffalo, Guard
Junior, Northfield, MN (North Field/Northern Arizona)
Filzen averaged 24.5 points and 4.5 rebounds as the Bulls went 1-1 on the week. In the Bulls win over Toledo, Filzen scored a game-high 23 points, including five three-pointers. He also tied a career high with five rebounds. Filzen scored a career-high 26 points at Ball State to lead all scorers. He also had a career-high five steals against the Cardinals.
Trey Zeigler, Central Michigan, Guard
Freshman, Mount Pleasant, Mich. (Mount Pleasant)
Zeigler led the Chippewas to their highest scoring effort versus a division I opponent in regulation since 2003 versus Ohio, scoring a team-high 24 points on an efficient 10-of-18 (55 percent) shooting from the field while matching a career-high with five assists and zero turnovers. Zeigler also recorded a game-high two blocks while playing 39 of 40 minutes. On Saturday, Zeigler once again matched his career high with five assists while scoring 12 points and pulling down a game-high eight rebounds. The freshman has scored in double figures in 20 of 22 games this season.
Rodriquez Sherman, Kent State, Guard
Senior, Indianapolis, Ind. (Ben Davis)
Sherman led the Golden Flashes into sole possession of first place in the MAC East Division with a 66-53 win over Central Michigan on Saturday. In Kent State's lone game of the week, the fifth-year senior poured in 17 points while adding a season-best eight rebounds. Sherman also had two assists and two steals to help give the Golden Flashes their fourth straight win and sixth victory in the last seven games. On the year he ranks 15th in the MAC averaging 12.1 points per game and also is among the top 10 players in the league in steals, assists, three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage.
Allen Roberts, Miami, Guard
Sophomore, Middletown, Ohio (Middletown)
Roberts averaged 16.0 ppg while shooting an impressive 61.1 percent from the field for the week, leading Miami to a pair of come-from-behind win. Roberts shot 62.5 percent from the field (5-for-8) against the Cardinals, collecting 13 points ... he tallied four rebounds, and the 6-foot-3 guard also had a career-high-tying two blocked shots while handing out three assists in an 89-75 win against the West Division leader Ball State, erasing a 14-point deficit ... Roberts amassed 19 points to lead the RedHawks against Eastern Michigan, evaporating a 20-point second-half deficit ... Roberts scored the RedHawks' first nine points and 12 of its first 15 points in the opening half, leading the ‘Hawks with 12 points at halftime ... he converted a critical 3-point play with 55 seconds remaining to put Miami within one of the Eagles and help set up the win ... Roberts was 6-of-10 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line ... he had a career-high six assists against EMU and added four rebounds ... the win against Eastern Michigan was Miami's second straight win and also its second straight road win ... for the week, he was 7-for-7 from the free-throw line and averaged 4.0 rpg and 4.5 apg.
Juwan Howard Jr., Western Michigan, Forward
Freshman, Detroit, Mich. (Pershing)
Juwan Howard Jr., celebrating his 19th birthday, paced the Broncos with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the second double-double of his young career. Howard sparked the 14-0 run that put the game soundly in Western Michigan's control. The Broncos, playing on the road against a team atop of the Mid-American Conference's East Division for the second-straight game, went 6-for-9 from beyond the arc led by Howard's 3-for-3 performance from long range. Howard gave the Broncos their first double-digit lead of the game on the first of three-straight three-point field goals in three-straight possessions. The scoring onslaught took WMU's lead from 27-18 to 36-18 over 2:49 of game time.