MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Nikola Cvetinovic, Akron
Senior, Forward, Loznica, Serbia (Virginia Episcopal School)
Cvetinovic led the Zips to a 1-1 record while posting averages of 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 blocked shots. In Akron’s 76-75 overtime loss to VCU, Cvetinovic led the Zips with a season-high 21 points (8-of-12 shooting) while grabbing seven boards and dishing out four dimes. Four of his seven boards came on the offensive glass. In the Zips’ 67-51 New Year’s Day victory at Marshall, Cvetinovic led all scorers with 14 points (6-of-9 shooting) in helping Akron snap a four-game road losing streak. He added five boards, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot. For the week, he shot a team-best 66.7 percent from the field (14-of-21) and connected on 50.0 percent from long range (2-of-4). He also made 5-of-7 attempts from the charity stripe.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Jarrod Jones, Ball State
Senior, Forward, Michigan City, Ind. (Michigan City)
Jones led the Cardinals to a 28-point victory over Chicago State on New Year’s Eve as he scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Jones connected on 6-of-7 (.857) from the field and 5-of-8 (.625) from the free throw line in the victory. He leads the team in scoring at 18.1 points per game and on the glass at 8.2 rebounds per game.
A'uston Calhoun, Bowling Green
Junior, Forward, Southfield, Mich. (Southfield)
Calhoun averaged 18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free-throw line on the week. Calhoun opened the week by scoring 24 points and grabbing eight rebounds against Duquesne, making 10-of-15 shots. He also had three assists and made 4-of-5 free-throws in that contest. Against Texas San Antonio, Calhoun scored all 13 of his points after halftime as he led the Falcons back from an eight-point deficit at the break to force overtime. He had eight more rebounds in that contest and made all five of his free-throw attempts.
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Sophomore, Forward, Newark, N.Y. (Newark)
McCrea had 28 points, one shy of his career high, and added seven rebounds and a pair of blocks in an 87-85 overtime loss at Temple. The sophomore forward scored 24 of his points after halftime in 18 minutes of action. McCrea shot 12 of 16 from the field. He scored six of the Bulls' seven points in overtime.
Randal Holt, Kent State
Junior, Guard, Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)
Holt scored a game high 17 points adding five rebounds and three assists in a 69-54 win at Arkansas State on Dec. 29 that improved the Golden Flashes to 4-1 in true road games this season. He leads the team with 12.1 points per game this season.
Quinten Rollins, Miami
Sophomore, Guard, Wilmington, Ohio (Wilmington)
Rollins scored a career-high 18 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and 100 percent from 3-point range, to help catapult Miami to a 74-69 win over William & Mary … Rollins also amassed four rebounds and had three assists and two steals in a career-high-tying 39 minutes of action against the Tribe … Rollins scored nine of his 18 points over the final 6:37 of the contest to help spur the RedHawks in a close, hard-fought win … he pulled down a crucial defensive rebound with two second left and the RedHawks up two and was immediately fouled, then sunk both free throws with a second remaining to secure the win … Rollins was strong handling the ball, helping Miami to its fewest turnovers of the season and record a positive assist/turnover ratio for the second time in three games.
Reese Holliday, Toledo
Sophomore, Forward, Kansas City, Kan. (Sumner Academy)
Holliday nearly registered a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds against Cleveland State. Holliday also drilled a career-high two three-point field goals and dished out three assists while committing zero turnovers in 25 minutes.
Matt Stainbrook, Western Michigan
Sophomore, Center, Bay Village, Ohio (Lakewood St. Edward)
Stainbrook was the top performer for the Broncos in their road trip at #7/5 Duke, leading them with 18 points on 9-of-19 shooting, and also with eight rebounds in the loss. It was the first time the Broncos played a consensus top-10 team since the 2006-07 season when they faced #4 Pittsburgh in the Maggie Dixon Classic. Stainbrook currently leads the Broncos with a 12.8 points per game average, and ranks second in the MAC with a .592 shooting percentage.