MAC Men's Basketball East Division Player of the Week
D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Sr., Guard, Chicago, Ill. (Seton Academy)
Cooper averaged 20.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals last week while leading Ohio to a 2-0 record and a share of its first MAC regular season title in 19 years. The Chicago product also knocked down eight 3-pointers and became Ohio’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made at Buffalo on Tuesday. Against the Bulls, Cooper paced Ohio with a game-high 24 points, knocked down 5-of-10 3-point attempts, and added a team-high five assists and two steals. With 1:34 remaining and Ohio trailing, 69-67, Cooper nailed the game-winning 3-pointer that put the Bobcats ahead for good. With his third basket of the contest, he reached the 2,000 point milestone and became the only player in the history of NCAA Division I men’s basketball to post at least 2,000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals in a career. On Saturday vs. Miami, Cooper tallied a team-high 17 points to go along with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. With 323 career thefts, he is now tied for 20th on the NCAA Division I all-time steals list.
MAC Men's Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan
Junior, Center, Paw Paw, Mich. (Lawrence)
Whittington was a dominant force in the post for the Broncos, posting back-to-back double-double performances to take the league lead in the category. Whittington set a career-high with 28 points against Ball State on Tuesday, throwing in 12 rebounds and three blocked shots for his 10th double-double of the season. That tied for the most for a Bronco in a single season since Joe Reitz had 10 during the 2006-07 season. Whittington broke that record one game later, dropping 16 points and 14 rebounds on the Chippewas; Whittington had a double-double in the first half of the game with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Zeke Marshall, Akron
Center, Senior, McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport )
Marshall helped the Zips to a 1-1 record over the past week, averaging 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocked shots and 2.5 assists per game. Against Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday, Marshall had a career-night as a distributor, dishing out a career-high five assists to go with 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Many of his dimes resulted in open 3-pointers for his Akron teammates while his 14 points came on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. On Friday against Kent State, Marshall finished with 14 points, eight boards, five blocked shots and one steal. With his second steal of the game, Marshall passed Ohio's Patrick Flomo (105) to take over the MAC’s top spot on the single-season blocked shots list. Marshall shot 64.7 percent from the field during the week (11-of-17) while playing 34 minutes per game.
Jauwan Scaife, Ball State
Senior, Guard, Muncie, Ind. (Central)
Scaife averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game last week as Ball State posted a pair of victories to close the regular season with wins in five straight and seven of its last eight. Scaife recorded 21 points and five assists in Tuesday's 89-85 win at MAC West champion Western Michigan, scoring 15 points and shooting 12 for 14 from the foul line in the second half alone to help put away the victory. He then led the Cardinals with 17 points Saturday as they locked up the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye in the MAC Tournament with a 53-51 win over Northern Illinois. He scored eight straight Ball State points during a key second-half run as the Cardinals overcame a double-digit deficit against the Huskies. Scaife ended the regular season second in the league with an average of 19.9 points per game in conference play. His 13 MAC games with at least 17 points were the most of any player in the league.
Jordon Crawford, Bowling Green
Senior, Guard, Cincinnati, Ohio (La Salle)
Crawford averaged 19.0 and 6.0 assists per game, including scoring 26 on 9-of-13 shooting in a win over Buffalo to close the regular season. Crawford made 3-of-4 three-point attempts against the Bulls and scored 20 second-half points to help the Falcons overcome a halftime deficit in a 76-65 win Friday night. Crawford added four assists and four steals in the win. On the week, Crawford shot 47 percent from the field and had six steals.
Darren Goodson, Kent State
Jr., Forward, Cincinnati, Ohio (Pensacola State College [Fla.])
Goodson scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 28 minutes to lead Kent State to a 68-64 victory over the Mid-American Conference co-regular season champions on Akron on Saturday. He also recorded 12 points and five rebounds while coming off of the bench for Senior Night against Miami University on Tuesday at the M.A.C. Center The wins over Akron and Miami were the Golden Flashes's fourth and fifth in a row. Goodson has averaged 13.2 points and 5.8 rebounds during the winning streak, improving on his season averages of 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Jon Harris, Miami
Junior, Forward, Twinsburg, Ohio (Twinsburg)
Harris led Miami on the road against the top two teams in the MAC last week. For the week, he averaged 17.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg while shooting 60.9 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from 3-point range. He accounted for nearly 72 percent of the RedHawks’ 3-pointers for the week. Harris led all players at Akron with a career-high 21 points. He was 8-of-12 (.667) from the field, including 4-of-6 (.667) from 3-point range. He also had six rebounds, one steal and one assist against the Zips. At Ohio, Harris tallied 13 points off 6-of-11 shooting (.545) and added a career-high nine rebounds to go along with three assists and a steal.