Akron's Diggs, Western Michigan's Tava Claim Weekly Honors

Updated 1/13/2014
MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Quincy Diggs, Akron, Forward
Senior, Dallas, Texas (Plano East High School)
Diggs helped the Zips to a 2-0 start to MAC play, with road wins at Ball State and at Ohio. For the week, he averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assist per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe. In Wednesday’s win at Ball State, he led all scorers with 21 points to go with two assists, two steals and an assist. His pair of free throws with 9.2 seconds left helped seal the win. Against Ohio, he led the Zips to the win with nine points in the overtime win, none bigger than his put-back with 30.4 seconds to go to give Akron a three-point advantage. He finished with a team-high 20 points to go with seven boards. He sent the game to the second overtime, hitting a clutch jumper with 2.2 seconds left to tie the game.
 
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Connar Tava, Western Michigan, Forward
Sophomore, Macomb, Mich. (Warren De La Salle)
Tava led the Broncos to a pair of MAC wins to open conference play with a near-flawless performance from the floor, averaging a team-best 23.5 points per game and shooting a sterling 94.1 percent from the field to help the Broncos to victories over Toledo and Miami.  Tava went 9-of-9 from the field against the Rockets – his second game this season in which he was perfect from the field while shooting seven or more field goals – and scored a career-high 25 points, while also adding five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.  Tava came just one missed field goal – his last shot attempt of the game – from a perfect day against Miami, shooting 7-of-8 from the field and going a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line to finish with 22 points.  Tava is averaging 15.8 points per game and is shooting 80.0 percent from the floor over the last five games, and ranks second on the Broncos overall with a 14.4 points per game scoring average.
 
Other Nominees
Majok Majok, Ball State, Center
Senior, Perth Australia/Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.)
Majok averaged a double-double for the week (15.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg) as Ball State opened conference play with games against Akron and Kent State. The senior center logged 16 points and 13 rebounds Wednesday against Akron for his sixth double-double of the season. He also added a season-high three blocked shots against the Zips. Majok then scored 14 points and grabbed seven boards Saturday at Kent State. He is averaging a double-double for the season at 11.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, and his rebounding average ranks 11th in the country.
 
Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Lockport, Ill. (Lockport)
Holmes continued his strong season, as the junior opened MAC play with 29 points, on 50 percent (10-of-20) shooting, 15 rebounds and eight blocks last week. Holmes posted a game-high 17 points, to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks, in the MAC opener at home against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night. The 6-8 forwarded followed that performance up with a team-high 12 points, eight rebounds and six blocks on Sunday afternoon versus Northern Illinois. Holmes’ six blocks on Sunday marked the sixth time this season that he has registered four rejections or more in a single game, while he extended his current streak of games with double digit points to nine straight contests. Holmes also increased his season blocks total to 48 overall. For the week, Holmes averaged 14.5 points, 50 percent shooting from the field, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game.
 
Javon McCrea, Buffalo, Forward
Senior, Newark, NY (Newark)
Despite seeing double and triple teams for most of UB’s two games this week, senior Javon McCrea still managed to stuff the stat sheet, averaging 12.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 5.5 blocks leading the Bulls to two victories and their first 2-0 start in conference play since 2009-10.  McCrea managed to affect the game in numerous other ways this week as he tied his career high with eight blocked shots against Northern Illinois and finished one off his career high with five assists in the win over Eastern Michigan.  For the week, McCrea had nine assists and just one turnover.  However, McCrea turned it on offensively when he needed to as he totaled 22 points in the second half of the two games.  This week McCrea also recorded his 800th rebound becoming the first player with 1,600 points, 800 rebounds and 200 blocks in conference history.  McCrea also recorded his 200th career assist in the win on Saturday.
 
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan, Guard
Southfield, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
Fowler averaged 21.5 points, shooting 63 percent from the field, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.5 steals a game for Central Michigan last week to open the MAC season. Versus Miami (Ohio), Fowler led all scorers with 22 points and tallied a game-high seven assists. Against Toledo, he once again headlined CMU, scoring a game-high 21 points, his eighth 20-point game of the season, to go along with a team-best eight rebounds. Fowler is ranked No. 2 in the MAC in scoring (17.2), points (241), field goals (86), free throws (65) and assists (72).
 
Glenn Bryant, Eastern Michigan, Forward
R-Senior, Detroit, Mich./Oak Hill Academy
Bryant put up a pair of impressive performances this week. First the Detroit, Mich. posted nine points and eight rebounds against Bowling Green in the Eagles’ Mid-American Conference opener. In that game, Bryant shot 57.1 percent, knocking down four of his seven field goal. In EMU’s second MAC game of the season, Bryant did not disappoint, posting his first double-double of the year with 19 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 forward shot 54.5 percent from the floor, while knocking down all six of his free throws versus Buffalo at Alumni Arena. He averaged 14 points and nine rebounds per game, while picking up an average of 1.5 steals, one block and one assist throughout the week.
 
Will Felder, Miami, Forward:
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio (Lutheran East)
Felder averaged 17.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg while shooting a stellar 55.0 percent from the field last week to spark the RedHawks. Felder helped Miami to a 77-70 MAC-opening win at Central Michigan, scoring 15 points and collecting eight rebounds while dishing out two assists and collecting two steals. Felder shot 55.6 percent from the field against the Chippewas and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. In a hard-fought battle against Western Michigan, Felder scored 19 points for the RedHawks and led the team with seven rebounds while tallying one assist and one blocked shot in a career-high 37 minutes of action in the overtime thriller. For the week, Felder sunk 12-of-13 free throws (.923).
 
Nick Kellogg, Ohio University, Guard
Senior, Westerville, Ohio (Saint Francis De Sales)
Kellogg averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 40.6 percent (13-32) from the field in two games for the Bobcats this week. On Wednesday in Ohio’s 59-53 win at Kent State, Kellogg led all scorers with 19 points and grabbed six rebounds and three steals in 33 minutes on the floor. The senior knocked down 6-of-14 field goals and made all six of his free throw attempts to help Ohio clinch the game down the stretch. On Sunday vs. Akron, Kellogg played 46 of a possible 50 minutes while notching 19 points, four rebounds and three steals. The Westerville, Ohio, native also dished out a team-high three assists in the double overtime contest against the Zips.
 
Rian Pearson, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Raytown, MO (South)
Senior guard Rian Pearson averaged 13.5 ppg and a team-high 8.5 rpg in two games last week for the Rockets. Pearson’s top outing came against WMU when he registered his first double-double of the season with 13 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.  He then scored 14 points and grabbed rebounds against CMU.