MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Co-Players of the Week
Tony Watson, Buffalo
Sr., G, West Palm Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Gardens)
Watson had the best week of his career to help lead the Bulls to two wins on the week. The senior guard averaged 27.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and a steal in wins over Toledo and Miami. He scored 55 points over the two games, including 12 three-pointers. He shot 68 percent from the field (17-for-25) and 67 percent from beyond the arc (12-of-18). He was also a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line. Against Toledo, Watson scored a then career-high 24 points, including six three-pointers and added five rebounds, two assists and a steal. After missing his first two three-pointers, Watson finished the game making 6-of-7 attempts. He topped that performance by scoring a career-best 31 points in UB's 79-71 win at Miami on Saturday. Watson was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field in the first half, including 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. For the game, Watson shot 10-of-14 from the field and 6-of-9 from three. He scored UB's final five points of the game to help the Bulls pull away for the victory.
Chris Evans, Kent State
Senior, Forward, Chesapeake, Va. (Wabash Valley C.C.)
Evans recorded a pair of double-doubles as he helped Kent State split a pair of conference games last week. Evans averaged 22.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5 steals while shooting an efficient .615 from the floor in two games. He was the catalyst in the Golden Flashes cruising to an 87-70 win over Miami on Wednesday. Evans turned in one of his best performances of the season in the victory as he led all players with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 steals. On Saturday, Evans played in a key role the Flashes nearly pulling off an upset on the road against Ohio in front of the national television audience on ESPNU. In the 78-75 overtime loss, Evans scored 12 of his game-high 18 points after halftime and grabbed 14 rebounds, also a game-high. Evans scored the opening basket of the overtime period to give Kent State a 71-69 lead and added a dunk with 2:16 remaining that tied the game.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Co-Players of the Week
Jauwan Scaife, Ball State
Sr., Guard, Muncie, Ind. (Central)
Scaife averaged 22.0 points per game for Ball State last week. The senior guard poured in 23 points and added four assists Wednesday in a 56-52 road victory at Northern Illinois. He connected on 9 of 10 free throws, including 7 of 8 in the second half and 4 of 4 in the final 35 seconds of a tight game. Scaife then scored 21 points Saturday against Eastern Michigan for his third straight 20-point game. He averaged nearly 42 percent of Ball State’s points for the week as he upped his scoring average to 18.3 points per game in MAC play, which ranks third in the league.
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan
Redshirt-Jr., C, Paw Paw, Mich ( Lawrence)
Whittington recorded his team- and conference-leading eighth double-double of the season against Bowling Green on Wednesday, dropping 13 points and 15 rebounds in the Broncos' road loss. The eight double-doubles are the most for a Bronco in a single season since Joe Reitz recorded 10 double-doubles during the 2006-07 season. Whittington is one of only three players in the conference to have recorded eight double-doubles this season. Whittington helped the Broncos to a come-from-behind victory on Saturday, posting a game-high 15 points to go with nine rebounds in the Broncos' 66-58 win over Northern Illinois. He also recorded a career-high four assists in the game, as well as three blocks and two steals. Whittington leads the Broncos with averages of 12.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
Brian Walsh, Akron
Senior, Guard, Coraopolis, Pa. (Moon High School/Xavier)
Walsh helped the Zips tie the Mid-American Conference record for the best start to a season (12-0) and extend the nation’s longest active winning streak to 17 games with two wins last week. For the week, Walsh averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 61.5 percent from the floor (8-of-13), 50.0 percent from long range (4-of-8) and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. In Akron’s 70-62 win at Eastern Michigan, Walsh finished with 16 points, four boards, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes. All 16 points came in the second half including three 3-pointers in a three-minute stretch that broke the game open. In UA’s 67-50 vs. BGSU on Saturday, Walsh finished with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. He scored six of his 10 points in the final 20 minutes, including four late free throws that helped put the game out of reach.
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan
Fr., G, Southfield, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
Collecting 11 assists last week, point guard Chris Fowler became Central Michigan's all-time freshman assists leader, breaking a 40-year old record and bringing his season total to 125. In addition to his assists, Fowler scored in double figures in consecutive games for the first time this year, scoring 10 points against Ohio and matching a career-high 12 against Toledo, and grabbed five steals. Fowler leads all MAC freshmen in assists and assist/turnover ratio, and is just one steal behind the freshman leader in that category.
Glenn Bryant, Eastern Michigan
Redshirt-Jr., Forward, Detroit, Mich. (Oak Hill Academy (Arkansas)
Bryant led the Eagles to a split this week in Mid-American Conference play. The Detroit, Mich. native averaged 15.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and two blocks per game while shooting 12-of-25 (48 percent) from the floor and 5-of-8 (40 percent) in a pair of games. In his first game of the week, a 70-62 loss to Akron, Bryant posted a team-best 11 points against the Zips, while posting a pair of blocks. Bryant's game sky-rocketed in the Eagles first road win of the 2012-13 campaign as he posted a career-best 20 points in a 56-50 win over Ball State. Bryant shot a blistering 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from the floor in the EMU win at James E. Worthen Arena, while blocking a pair of shots.
Walter Offutt, Ohio
Senior, Forward (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Offutt averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 assists in a 2-0 week for the Bobcats. The Indianapolis, Ind., native also made 13-of-15 free throw attempts (.867). In the Bobcats’ 82-63 win at Central Michigan on Wednesday, Offutt posted a team-high 17 points and eight rebounds while connecting on 5-of-7 field goal attempts (3-4, 3pt FG). While Ohio struggled to shoot and trailed for a significant portion of the opening half, Offutt scored 13 of his 17 points in the stanza to provide the team with a necessary offensive spark. With the win over the Chippewas, Offutt became a part of the all-time winningest senior class in the history of Ohio University basketball (now 89 career victories). In the Bobcats’ 78-75, overtime victory over Kent State on Saturday, Offutt again led Ohio with 17 points while contributing four rebounds and three steals. During Ohio’s eight-minute field goal drought in the first half, Offutt consistently drew contact and converted at the foul line to keep Ohio in the game. Offutt also took a key charge at the end of regulation, made a key basket in overtime and assisted on the game-clinching field goal.
Nathan Boothe, Toledo
Fr., Center, Warren Township (Gurnee, Ill.)
Boothe helped Toledo remain in a first-place tie in the MAC’s West Division after averaging 14.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 1.5 bpg. Boothe scored a career-high 19 points to lead the Rockets to a 73-64 road win at Central Michigan, hitting 8-of-10 shots including his second career three-point field goal. A Gurnee, IL native, Boothe tallied 13 points and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field in the second half to help Toledo snap a 31-31 halftime tie. In UT’s first game of the week at Buffalo, Boothe tallied 10 points and six rebounds.