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MAC Men's Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Justin Greene, Kent State, Forward
Senior, Brooklyn, NY (Lincoln)
Kent State maintained its half-game lead in the Mid-American Conference East Division by winning both games this week behind the effort of junior forward Justin Greene. Greene averaged 20.5 points and 8.0 rebounds on the week while shooting 52 percent from the field and 81 percent from the foul line. On Wednesday in an 80-70 win over Eastern Michigan he racked up 19 of his 23 points in the first half as Kent State improved to 7-0 this year when he goes for 20+ points. On Saturday in an 84-77 win at Northern Illinois, Greene totaled 13 of his 18 points in the second half, including six in a key three minute stretch that helped put the game away. He also added eight rebounds in the contest and now has six consecutive outings with eight or more rebounds. Averaging 16.1 points (5th), 7.7 rebounds (3rd) and 1.4 blocks (5th), he is the only player in the MAC ranked top five in all three categories.
MAC Men's Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Flenard Whitfield, Western Michigan, Forward
Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King)
Whitfield averaged 25.0 points per game over the past two games, setting career highs in points in each game. He first established a new high with 23 points at Akron, knocking down a career high 10 field goals on 16 attempts (.625) to go along with five rebounds. Whitfield reestablished his career high in scoring with 27 points on 11-of-22 shooting (.500), against Ohio. The junior finished 21-for-38 (.553) for the week. He added 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and fifth of his career. The 27-point effort was his fourth career 20-point game and the first time he did it in back-to-back games. Whitfield scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half of a WMU two-point win that put the Broncos a half game ahead of Ball State for first in the MAC West Division. Whitfield was also 8-for-10 (.800) from the free throw line this week, including a perfect 5-for-5 performance against the Bobcats.
Steve McNees, Akron, Guard
Senior, New Castle, Pa. (Shenango)
McNees led the Zips to two cross divisional victories last week, averaging 14.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 5.5 apg. In Akron's 83-71 win over Western Michigan, he scored 12 points while dishing out a career-high seven assists to go with five boards and one steal. His performance moved him into eighth place on the career assists list (284). In the Zips' 75-60 win over Ball State, McNees tied a season high with 16 points while dishing out four dimes and grabbing four boards. He closed the week shooting 52.9 percent from the field (9-for-17), 30.0 percent from long range (3-for-10) and 77.8 percent from the charity stripe (7-for-9).
A'uston Calhoun. Bowling Green, Forward
Sophmore, Southfield, Mich. (Southfield )
Calhoun averaged 15.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as Bowling Green split two conference games this week. The redshirt sophomore shot 50 percent from the field and added three blocked shots and two steals on the week. In a win over Ball State, Calhoun took over late to guide the Falcons to a win. He finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, and a block on 7-of-13 shooting. In a loss at Central Michigan, he had 15 points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots while shooting 5-of-11 from the floor.
Byron Mulkey, Buffalo, Guard
Senior, Wheatfield, N.Y. (Niagara-Wheatfield)
Mulkey scored a caree-high 29 points in the Bulls' win over Central Michigan. The senior point guard shot 9-of-13 from the field and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. He shot 7-for-8 from the free throw line and added four rebounds, three assists and three steals against the Chippewas. At Eastern Michigan he scored nine points and added five rebounds and a game-high seven assists.
Jalin Thomas, Central Michigan, Forward
Senior, Columbus, Ohio (Pensacola Junior College)
Thomas continued to lead the Chippewas in scoring this last week despite playing on an injured ankle. Thomas scored 18 points versus Buffalo on Tuesday night wihle pulling down a team-high eight rebounds and shooting 10-for-11 from the free throw line. On Saturday, Thomas scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the free throw line for a 89 percent clip from the charity stripe for the week. Thomas has scored in double figures in 20 of his 22 games this season and leads all Chippewas with 41 three-point field goals.
Brandon Bowdry, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Senior, St. Louis, Mo.-Taylor (Mich.) Truman
Bowdry scored 45 points with 12 rebounds as the Eagles split games... He hit 5-of-10 field goals and 10-of-13 free throws with 20 points and six rebounds in a 78-65 win over East co-leader Buffalo...Scored 25 points with six boards in a mid-week loss to Kent State when he made 10-of-19 field goals, 1-of-2 three-point goals and 4-of-8 free throws with six rebounds.
Allen Roberts, Miami, Guard
Sophomore, Middletown, Ohio (Middletown)
Roberts averaged 18.5 ppg and shot an impressive 65.0 percent from the field for the week (13-of-20), including 50 percent from 3-point range (4-of-8) to lead Miami to two wins last week as the RedHawks moved above .500 on the season for the first time since opening the season 2-1 ... Roberts scored a career-high 23 points to lead five Miami scorers in double figures in an 84-72 win over Northern Illinois ... Roberts was 8-of-11 from the field (.727), including 3-of-4 from 3-point range (.750) and tied a career-high with four rebounds in 26 minutes of action ... Roberts amassed 14 points, going 5-of-9 from the field (.557) as Miami picked up its fourth straight win and its fourth road with a 68-66 triumph at Toledo ... it's the longest winning streak of the season for the RedHawks ... Roberts tossed in a pair of layups in the final 2:16 of the game as Miami went on a 9-0 run to close out the game for the two-point win ... Roberts has been a big key to Miami's four-game winning streak, averaging 17.3 ppg while shooting 63.2 percent from the field to lead the RedHawks.
Ivo Baltic, Ohio, Forward
Sophomore, Kansas City, Mo. (Park Hill South)
Baltic bumped his scoring average into double figures and currently leads the team in rebounds. He is also shooting 52 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free-throw line for the Green & White. Baltic finished with 16 points, four assists and led the Bobcats with five rebounds in a double-digit home win over Toledo. Later, the sophomore scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a tough loss at Western Michigan.
Malcolm Griffin, Toledo, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill. (Hyde Park)
Griffin averaged a team-high 18.0 points and 5.0 assists per game while shooting a team-best 65.2 percent (15-of-23) from the field this week. Griffin tallied 16 points and five rebounds and converted 6-of-9 shots at Ohio on Wednesday before scoring 20 points on 9-of-14 shots with seven assists vs. Miami.