MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Will Regan, Buffalo
Senior, Forward, Buffalo, NY (The Nichols School)
Regan averaged 18 points and 7.5 rebounds to help the Bulls earn wins over Milwaukee and Niagara. The sophomore forward shot 12-of-18 from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc for the week. At Milwaukee, Regan had 10 points, seven rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block to help the Bulls earn the 72-52 road win. He followed that up with the best game of his young UB career as he had 26 points (8-of-11 shooting/3-of-4 from long distance) and eight rebounds – both career highs. He scored seven of his points in the final 3:20, including a pivotal three-pointer that extended the UB lead from five to eight, to help the Bulls hold off Niagara. Regan was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw on the week.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Co-Players of the Week
Rian Pearson, Toledo
Junior, Guard, Raytown, Mo. (Green Bay)
Pearson nearly recorded his first double-double of the season with 22 points and nine rebounds to help the Rockets post their first road win of the season with a 67-59 win at Eastern Illinois. Pearson led Toledo for the week with 20.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg and also dished out 2.5 apg while registering an impressive 59.3 FG%. Pearson was extremely efficient in UT’s win over the Panthers, knocking down 9-of-12 shots and scoring 16 second-half points to help the Rockets pull away from EIU. In Toledo’s 79-73 loss at Detroit on Wednesday, Pearson tallied 19 points and eight rebounds against the defending Horizon League Tournament champion Titans.
Majok Majok, Ball State
Junior, Forward, Perth, Australia (Midland College)
Majok averaged a double-double last week with 13.5 points and 16.5 rebounds per game. He posted the top two single-game rebound totals in the MAC this year and helped Ball State to a pair of victories. Majok matched his career-high with 18 points and pulled down a career-best 17 rebounds in Wednesday’s win over Holy Cross (Ind.). He became the first Ball State player in 10 years with at least 18 points and at least 17 boards in the same game. The junior post player then pulled down 16 more rebounds and scored nine points in Saturday’s victory over South Dakota. For the week, Majok also handed out three assists and blocked three shots while hitting 69.2 percent of his attempts from the floor. He now owns three double-doubles on the year and is averaging a double-double for the season at 13.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. He leads the league in rebounding a double-doubles.
A'uston Calhoun, Bowling Green
Senior, Forward, Southfield, Mich. (Southfield)
Calhoun averaged 15.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as Bowling Green beat Wright State and Samford this week, heading into a nationally televised home game against Michigan State. Calhoun came up just two points shy of 1,000 for his career after scoring 19 in the win over Wright State and 12 in the victory over Samford. He had eight rebounds in each contest, grabbing three offensive boards against Wright State. Calhoun was also a perfect 14-of-14 from the free-throw line, making all 12 of his attempts against Wright State. While the Bowling Green defense held back-to-back opponents to 42 points or less for the first time in 63 years, Calhoun provided most of the offensive punch.
Jon Harris, Miami
Junior, Forward, Twinsburg, Ohio (Twinsburg)
Harris averaged 14.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg in two games for the RedHawks last week. Harris shot 57.9 percent from the field, including 50.0 percent from 3-point range. Harris tallied 13 points off 5-of-8 shooting (.625) at Evansville on Wednesday and followed that with a season-high 16 points at Dayton off 5-of 11 shooting from the field, including a 4-for-8 effort from 3-point range. Harris also tallied five rebounds against the Flyers.
Sam Mader, Northern Illinois
Freshman, Forward, Appleton, Wis. (Appleton East)
Mader averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks as NIU split a pair of games against SIU Edwardsville and UW Milwaukee. Mader was in double figures scoring in both games, his third and fourth games in double figures this season. Mader posted 11 points with a career-best four assists in a victory over SIU Edwardsville. Against UW Milwaukee, Mader scored 10 points and recorded a pair of blocked shots. For the season, Mader is shooting 51.0 percent from the field and has recorded a team-best 10 blocks.
D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Senior, Guard, Chicago, Ill.
Cooper led the Bobcats to a 1-1 record this past week. Ohio opened the week by falling 84-58 to Memphis on Wednesday. Despite the loss, Cooper scored a team-high 19 points. On Saturday, Cooper led the Bobcats to a convincing 78-61 triumph over Oakland. In the win, Cooper recorded his second double of the year as he scored 10 points and dished out 13 assists to help the Bobcats to their 15th straight win at home. Cooper finished the week by averaging a team-best 14.5 points and 8.5 assist per game. He also averaged 4.0 rebounds per game.
Darius Paul, Western Michigan
Freshman, Forward, Gurnee, Ill. (Warren)
Paul continued his his hot streak scoring the basketball this week, recording his first career double-double and reaching double figures in scoring in both contests. Paul notched 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Broncos' loss at #3 Michigan on Tuesday, extending his streak of double-digit scoring performances to seven games. Paul would be back at it against Illinois State on Saturday, notching 14 points and seven rebounds to extend his scoring streak to eight games with 10+ points. Paul led the Broncos with 12.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last week.