MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Michael Porrini, Kent State
Senior, Guard, Massillon, Ohio (Gulf Coast C.C. (Fla.))
The 2011 MAC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Porrini, Kent State's do everything guard led the team to a 2-0 start this past week. Porrini averaged 11.5 points, 6.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting 8-12 (67%) from the floor and 5-6 (83%) from the foul line. The Golden Flashes senior guard did the bulk of his damage in the second half scoring 19 of his 23 points and grabbing all six rebounds for the week. The performance led to two dominating second halves for Kent State. First on Tuesday, Porrini had all 11 points and all five rebounds after the break to help Kent State erase a five-point, 33-28 halftime deficit on the way to a 70-60 win at West Virginia. The victory stood as the first true road win over a BCS school for the Golden Flashes during the regular season since 1970 (41 years). On Saturday, Porrini again came out of the break with a vengeance scoring eight points in the first five minutes of the second half as the Golden Flashes widened a two-point half time lead to a 13-point margin on their way to an eventual 77-58 victory over Alcorn State.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Darrell Lampley, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Guard, Linden, N.J. (Linden-Lakeland C.C)
Lampley helped lead EMU to two wins in three games last week. EMU lost at Texas Southern, 66-49, Nov. 15, before beating UALR at home, 62-51, Nov. 18, and winning at IUPUI, 66-64, Nov. 20. All three games were played as part of the Auto-Owners Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State University. Lampley led EMU in all three games with 15 at Texas Southern, a career-best 21 at home against UALR, and 16 at IUPUI. He averaged 17.3 points for the three games, made 17-of-37 field goals for 45.9 percent, made 10-of-19 three-point field goals for 52.6 percent and had four rebounds with 14 assists and four steals while playing 33.7 minutes for the three games.
Demetrius Treadwell, Akron
Sophomore, Forward, Euclid, Ohio (Euclid)
Demetrius Treadwell continues to improve in his first season with the Zips, posting 11.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal per game last week in Valparaiso, Ind., during the 2K Sports Classic Valparaiso Subregional. In Friday’s contest against Valpo, Treadwell finished with 13 points, eight rebounds (four offensive) and two blocked shots. In Saturday’s game against Duquesne, he finished with 10 points, six boards. For the week, he shot 73.3 percent from the floor (11-of-15) and 5-of-14 rebounds came on the offensive glass.
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Sophomore, Forward, Newark, N.Y. (Newark)
Javon McCrea averaged 19 points and seven rebounds as the Bulls went 1-1 on the week. He also added three steals and three blocked shots. The sophomore forward shot 52% from the field on the week. He posted his first double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Cornell. He added two assists, three blocked shots and a steal against the Big Red. At Princeton, he was hampered with foul trouble and played a season-low 28 minutes, but still had 19 points, four rebounds and two steals.
Derek Jackson, Central Michigan
Sophomore, Guard, Cleveland, Ohio (Benedictine)
Jackson scored 18 points while hitting four 3-pointers in CMU's double-overtime loss to Charlotte. He also had three steals and a block in the game while playing 41 minutes in the contest.
Bill Edwards, Miami
Sophomore, Forward, Middletown, Ohio (Middletown)
Edwards was impressive in his first two outings as a RedHawk against two tough opponents. He recorded a double-double as Miami upset Dayton in overtime in the RedHawks’ season opener, 72-67. Edwards tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three assists and two blocked shots in 42 minutes of action. He pulled down a crucial defensive board that gave Miami the last possession in regulation. At No. 13/14 Xavier, Edwards led all players with 21 points and eight rebounds, more than doubling the offensive output of Xavier’s All-American. He put on a 3-point clinic early, going 4-for-4 from long range in the first half and accounted for half the RedHawks’ 3-ponters for the game and doubled the number of Musketeer treys for the game. Edwards finished the game shooting 66.7 percent from long range, 46.2 percent from the floor and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the line. He also had three assists, two blocked shots and two steals and was the only player on the floor to play a full 40 minutes. He made his first career start at Miami against the Musketeers and was a big factor in Miami leading No. 13/14 Xavier in the first half and keeping the RedHawks in the game until the very end.
Walter Offutt, Ohio
Junior, Guard, Indianapolis, Ind. (Warren Central)
Offutt has been a key addition to the Bobcats and nearly averaged a double-double in two wins this week. He has helped Ohio get off to 3-0 start for the second time in three seasons and start the 2011-12 campaign as one of only two unbeatens remaining in the MAC. Offutt was a perfect 10-10 from the line this week, led the team in rebounds and was second in scoring and steals. Offut averaged 12.5 ppg., 9.0 rpg. and 1.5 apg. on the week.
Rian Pearson, Toledo
Sophomore, Guard, Raytown, Mo. (UW-Green Bay)
Pearson averaged 17.0 ppg and 8.7 rpg at the UTPA Tournament while shooting 52.6 percent (20-38) from the field and a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. Pearson opened the season with a career-high 25-point, seven-rebound performance vs. Texas State and followed that up with his first career double-double against USC-Upstate. Pearson dominated the boards against the Spartans, grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with 16 points. Pearson was part of a balanced effort in a win over UTPA on Sunday with 10 points, six rebounds and three steals. His defensive play helped the Rockets limit the Broncos to a 31.0 FG%.