MAC East Division Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Chris Evans, Kent State
Senior, Forward, Chesapeake, Va. (Wabash Valley C.C.)
Senior Chris Evans recorded his third consecutive double-doubles in leading Kent State to a 70-63 win over Loyola-Chicago in the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters. Evans scored 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a blocked shot.
MAC West Division Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Rian Pearson, Toledo
Junior, Guard, UW-Green Bay
Pearson registered his third double-double in his last four games in UT's 79-66 win over McNeese State to propel Toledo to its seventh victory in its last eight games. Pearson tallied a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three assists and one steal in 32 minutes.A Raytown, MO native, Pearson was consistent in both halves, tallying 10 points and five rebounds in the opening 20 minutes before notching 11 points and six boards in the second stanza. He scored UT's final six points in the first half to put the Rockets ahead by a 35-22 margin at intermission.
Zeke Marshall, Akron
Sr., Center, McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport )
Marshall and the Zips extended their winning streak to 18 games by opening the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters weekend with a 68-53 win over North Dakota State on Friday. Marshall led the Zips with 14 points, eight rebounds, five blocked shots, one assist and one steal, while shooting 62.5 percent from the floor (5-of-8) and 80.0 percent from the charity stripe (4-of-5). His five-block performance was his tenth of the year with five or more swats. One of the highlights of the night came in the first half when Marshall stole the ball from NDSU’s Lawrence Alexander for a fast-break dunk that sparked a 17-4 Zips’ run to open a 20-point lead over the Bison.
Jauwan Scaife, Ball State
Sr., Guard, Muncie, Ind. (Central)
Scaife scored 18 points Saturday and knocked down a deep, game-winning 3-pointer in the final second of Ball State's 85-82 win at Southeast Missouri. The senior guard also added five assists and grabbed three rebounds in the BracketBusters victory. Scaife scored 14 of his points after halftime, including seven in the final 1:33. He shot 4-of-6 from the floor, 2-of-2 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the second half. After a SEMO rally tied the score at 82-82 with 7 seconds left, Scaife brought the ball up the floor, used a screen from Tyler Koch and calmly buried a 25-footer from the right wing with 0.3 seconds on the clock. Scaife, who is now scoring 14.8 points per game for the season and 18.2 in conference play, is averaging 21.4 points over his past seven games.
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Jr., Forward, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea posted his ninth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Manhattan. The junior forward shot 6-of-9 from the field. He also posted a career-high six blocked shots and had a game-high three steals in the game. He had four offensive rebounds, resulting in five points.
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan
Fr., Guard, Southfield, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
Freshman guard Chris Fowler scored a career-high 19 points and dished out five assists as Central Michigan's comeback attempt fell short Saturday at Youngstown State. Fowler shot 56% from the field (5-9), 67% from long range (2-3) and hit all seven free throw attempts to lead the Chippewas on the offensive end. Fifteen of his points came in the second half, which CMU opened with an 18-2 run, to help keep the Chippewas within striking distance. Fowler has averaged 13.7 points over the last three games.
Reggie Johnson, Miami
Fr., Guard, Chicago, Ill. (St. Joseph)
Johnson led Miami with 18 points and added a career-high six rebounds in a thrilling game at Southern Illinois. Johnson was 8-of-13 from the field (.615) and poured in 10 of his 12 first-half points amidst a 17-3 Miami run to end the first half that evaporated at 13-point deficit and handed the RedHawks their first lead of the game.
Reggie Keely, Ohio
Sr., Forward, University Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)
Keely averaged 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while connecting on 13-of-21 (.619) field goal attempts in two games for Ohio this week. The University Heights, Ohio, product led the Bobcats in scoring in both contests. On Wednesday in Ohio’s 73-50 win over Eastern Michigan, Keely posted a game-high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting and added four rebounds. It marked the third 20-point effort for Keely this season. Against Belmont on Saturday, Keely posted 12 points – 10 of which came in the second half – and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in 26 minutes on the floor. With his 32 points on the week, Keely now has 1,040 points in his Ohio career.
Darius Paul, Western Michigan
Fr., Forward, Gurnee, Ill. (Warren)
Paul filled up nearly every column of the stat sheet for the Broncos in their 67-62 win over Pacific on Saturday, going 5 of 8 (.625) from the field - including a 2 of 2 (1.000) performance from three-point range - for 13 points, as well as adding six rebounds (four offensive), a game-high four assists, and one blocked shot. In 26 minutes of action, Paul helped the Broncos create a 22-14 edge in points in the paint, and the freshman scored three insurance points down the stretch to keep the Tigers at bay.