NIU's Silas, KSU's Greene Named Players of the Week

Updated 1/17/2011

MAC Men's Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Justin Greene, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Brooklyn, N.Y (Lincoln)
The only MAC East team to go 2-0 last week, Kent State was led by Justin Greene who averaged a team high 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. The Golden Flashes began the week with an 80-63 win over Bowling Green as the 6-8 junior forward shot 7-11 from the field and totaled 17 points, three rebounds and three assists. On Saturday he posted a game-high 18 points in a 69-66 win at Ohio that gave Kent State its first road victory of the season. Green, who was 6-6 at the foul line also grabbed a game high eight rebounds while adding two assists and two steals. He is the only MAC player currently rank top five in the league in scoring (5th-16.4 ppg), rebounding (3rd-7.4 rpg) and blocked shots (5th-1.4 bpg).

MAC Men's Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois, Guard
Senior, Austin, Texas (Brewster Academy/University of Colorado)
Xavier Silas averaged 25.5 points in a pair of victories for NIU over Eastern Michigan and Toledo. Silas opened the week with 31 points, including 6-of-6 from beyond the three-point line, to help the Huskies defeat EMU, 71-69. Silas then scored 20 points, including four more triples, as Northern Illinois beat Toledo, 64-54. For the week Silas shot 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from the floor, including 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) from three.


Other Nominees
Jesse Berry, Ball State, Guard
Freshman, Lafayette, Ind. (Jefferson)
Berry helped the Cardinals improve to 3-0 in Mid-American Conference play with back-to-back wins over Western Michigan and Central Michigan ... Berry averaged 12.0 points in the Cardinals' two games as he shot 72.7 percent (8-of-11) from the field and 85.7 (6-of-7) from three-point land on the week ... He scored a team-high 15 points in just 15 minutes against WMU to lead the Cardinals to the victory ... He followed that up with nine points off the bench against Central Michigan as the Cardinals improved to 3-0 in MAC play for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

Jordon Crawford, Bowling Green, Guard
Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio (La Salle)
Crawford had 10 points, eight assists (with just one turnover) and five steals off the bench as Bowling Green handed Miami its first conference loss of the season with a 62-53 win Sunday. Crawford's five steals are two more than any other player has had in a MAC contest this year and he sparked the team when he stepped on the court with the Falcons trailing 10-2. He played the next 22 minutes as Bowling Green outscored Miami 36-20 behind his stellar point guard play. In the Falcons' loss to Kent State earlier in the week, he also came off the bench for 10 points, four assists and a pair of steals.

Trey Zeigler, Central Michigan, Guard
Freshman, Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Zeigler became the first freshman to score 30 points for the Chippewas since Mike Manciel scored 30 at Toledo in 1999 when he scored 30 points in CMU's 65-52 win over Toledo on Wednesday. Zeigler finished the game with a career-high five three-point field goals and pulled down six rebounds while dishing out three assists. In Saturday's 64-55 loss at Ball State, the freshman scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds and dishing out another three assists. Through three conference games, Zeigler leads all scorers, averaging 24.3 points per contest.

Derek Thompson, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale-SEMO
Scored a career-best 31 points and tied an EMU Convocation Center record with eight three-point field goals in a 71-69 loss to NIU, Jan. 11...Made 8-of-11 field goals, 8-of-10 threes, all seven free throws and had three rebounds against NIU...Came back with 17 points, making 5-of-8 three-point field goals with two rebounds and two assists at WMU, Jan. 16

Antonio Ballard, Miami, Forward
Senior, Jeffersonville, Ind. (Jeffersonville)
Ballard shot a scorching 70.5 percent from the field while averaging 13.5 ppg in a pair of MAC games last week ... Ballard was perfect from the field against Buffalo, going 6-for-6 from the field in 36 minutes of action ... he tallied 15 points and also had three steals and seven rebounds against the Bulls to help Miami to a 70-67 win ... Ballard recorded 12 points at Bowling Green in 37 minutes of action and again hauled in seven rebounds, including an impressive five on the offensive glass.

D.J. Cooper, Ohio, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill. (Seton Academy)
Cooper is currently one of four players in the nation to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals. He shot 50 percent from the field and scored 13 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds in the win at Akron. He also tied a Rhodes Arena record with a career-high 15 assists in that contest to register his fifth double-double of the season. Cooper then registered team-highs of 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds in a three-point home loss to Kent State.

Malcolm Griffin, Toledo, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill. (Hyde Park)
Malcolm Griffin scored a career-high 31 points in Toledo's 64-54 loss at NIU on Saturday. For the week, he averaged 17.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 3.0 apg. Griffin shot 14-of-24 from three-point range and was the first Rocket to top the 30-point plateau since Jonathan Amos tallied 32 at Ohio on Feb. 14, 2009.

Matt Stainbrook, Western Michigan, Center
Freshman, Bay Village, Ohio (St. Edwards)
Stainbrook recorded his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a loss at Ball State. It was the fourth time he had reached double digits in rebounds in a game. Stainbrook answered with a career high 17 points in a 65-48 win over Eastern Michigan, helping WMU to its sixth-straight win at home. He has scored in double figures a team best 10 times so far in 2010-11. The rookie, who ranks second on the team in minutes per conference game (32.7), scored the Broncos' first six points at Ball State and first four points against the Eagles. He was perfect from the line (3-for-3) on the week and shot 50.0 percent (14-for-28) from the field. Stainbrook added a pair of assists and steals and one block.