MAC East Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Lockport, Ill. /Lockport
Holmes had back-to-back career-scoring games and recorded a season-high five blocks in two straight games to help lead the Falcons to a 1-1 week. In a win over Western Kentucky on Monday night, Holmes poured in a career-high 18 points, hauled in seven rebounds and swatted away a season-high five blocked shots in the contest, one shy of his career-high. The five blocks was the most for a single BGSU player since Holmes himself totaled five swats versus Central Michigan on Jan. 9, 2013. The 6-8 forward followed that up with a career-high 26 points as the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team pushed the Xavier Musketeers to the limit in an 85-73 overtime loss on Saturday afternoon. Along with his career-high 26 points, Holmes hauled in nine rebounds and registered five blocked shots in a career-high 39 minutes of play. Holmes almost single-handedly kept the Falcons in the game throughout the contest, as he poured in 11 points in the second half, including scoring four straight points over a one minute and 30 second span late in the second half to give BGSU a 67-66 lead with just over a minute to play in the game. Holmes also poured in four of Bowling Green’s five points in the overtime period. Holmes’ 10 blocks this week increases his total to 21 on the season and puts him on pace to break his own school record of 73 blocks in a single season set just last year. Overall, Holmes averaged 22 points, eight rebounds, one steal and five blocks per game last week.
MAC West Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Rian Pearson, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Raytown, Mo./South
Pearson helped Toledo remain undefeated by averaging 24.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.5 apg and 2.0 spg to go along with a 64.3 FG% (18-of-28), 85.7 three-point FG% (6-of-7) and 87.5 FT% (7-of-8) in two victories last week. He opened the week by tying his career high with 30 points, grabbing a season-best eight rebounds and handing out three assists in a 91-75 victory over Detroit on Dec. 4. Pearson shot 12-of-16 from the field vs. the Titans, including a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range. Pearson then scored a team-high 19 points in an 80-77 road win over Robert Morris on Dec. 7 in addition to hauling down seven boards, dishing out a season-high four assists and grabbed three steals.
Pearson is leading the Rockets this season with 17.9 ppg, 2.0 spg, a 57.4 FG% and a 57.1 three-point FG% and ranks second on the team with 5.0 apg..
Nick Harney, Akron, Forward
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio/Benedictine High School
Harney helped the Zips take down Cleveland State 73-61 on Saturday. Harney led all scorers with 15 points, including nine in the first half. His 3-pointer at the 5:41 mark of the first half, coupled with a steal and fastbreak dunk at the 4:13 mark, pushed Akron’s lead to double digits, a lead that would not be less than eight points the rest of the way.
Shannon Evans, Buffalo, Guard
Freshman, Suffolk, VA/Hargrave
Evans scored 15 of his career-high 17 points in the second half as the Bulls came from behind to defeat St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon. Evans, playing in just the sixth game of his career, recorded double figures for the second straight game and helped ice the victory with a 5-for-6 performance from the free throw line. Evans also knocked down a pair of threes, including one in a stretch of four straight three pointers from four different Bulls late in the second half.
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan, Guard
Sophomore, Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day
Fowler led Central Michigan to its fourth consecutive win on Saturday, posting another standout performance in the Chippewas’ 65-64 road victory over SIU Edwardsville. Fowler started hot, scoring CMU’s first eight points, and was clutch late, tallying its final five points, including the game winner with 6.2 seconds remaining. His line was impressive, featuring a game-high 23 points on 10-of-14 from the field (71%), six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Fowler, who has scored 20 or more points in five of nine games, leads CMU in scoring (16.9), assists (5.1), steals (1.6) and free throws attempted (53) and made (40).
Karrington Ward, Eastern Michigan, Forward
Junior, Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township
Ward led the Eagles in scoring this week after notching 36 points in a pair of contests. The Lockport, Ill. native averaged 18 points per game, while pulling down six boards per contest. The 6-foot-7 forward shot 52.2 percent from the floor after knocking down 12-of-23 from the floor. Ward converted on five three-point attempts through the week, shooting 5-of-11 from downtown, good for 45.5 percent. He dished out a pair of assists, one block and a pair of steals. Ward shined in his first game against a Big Ten opponent Saturday, Dec. 7, when he totaled 25 points against Purdue. In that game, the junior went 9-of-16 from the floor, good for a 56.3 percent clip. He knocked down a career-high four three pointers, while also pulling down eight rebounds.
Will Felder, Miami/Forward
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio/Lutheran East
Felder averaged 19.5 ppg while shooting a solid 62.5 percent from the field and averaged 6.5 rpg and 2.0 bpg for the RedHawks last week. Felder was an impressive 10-of-16 from the field against IPFW en route to a 26-point night, his career best as a RedHawk, to lead all scorers. Felder scored 22 second-half points, going 8-of-10 from the field and sinking all six free throws in the second stanza to help Miami erase a 16-point deficit and capture a 94-87 win against the Mastodons. He accounted for nearly 38 percent of Miami’s second-half scoring in which the RedHawks amassed 58 points, their most points in a half since scoring 59 in the second half against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008. The RedHawks 94 points also were the most since a 94-66 win against Northwestern State in 2008. He also added seven rebounds and two blocked shots against IPFW. Felder again shot 62.5 percent from the floor with a 13-point, 6-rebound, 2-blocked shot effort at Evansville on Saturday.
Darrell Bowie, Northern Illinois, Wing
Sophomore, Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep
Bowie of the NIU men’s basketball team scored a team-high 12 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds in a 64-57 victory over Dartmouth last Thursday (Dec. 5), NIU’s only game in the week. Trailing by two with 4:30 to play, Bowie scored six of his 12 points in the final minutes as the Huskies outscored the Big Green 12-3 down the stretch to earn the victory. For the season, Bowie is NIU’s leading scorer (10.7 ppg) and rebounder (7.0 rpg).
Nick Kellogg, Ohio University, Guard
Senior, Westerville, Ohio/Saint Francis De Sales
Kellogg recorded a game-high 18 points to lead Ohio in its game at Oakland Saturday. The senior guard made 7-of-14 field goals in the contest and added three rebounds in 31 minutes on the floor. Kellogg has now posted at least 10 points in seven of eight contests this season and has connected on 51.9 percent (40-77) of his field goal attempts on the year.
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan, Center
Redshirt Senior, Paw Paw, Mich. / Lawrence
Whittington recorded his fourth double-double of the season in the Broncos’ road loss at Northwestern, scoring a team-high 12 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. Whittington also contributed two blocked shots and a steal to the effort as he helped the Broncos hold the Wildcats to just a 32.7 shooting percentage from the floor. On the season, Whittington is averaging a double-double of 15.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.