MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Anthony Henderson, Bowling Green, Guard
Redshirt-Junior, Toledo, Ohio/Start
Henderson was key in the Falcons going 2-0 last week, with both wins coming in MAC play, and snapping a four-game losing skid. The shooting guard averaged 20 points, a team-high, 1.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 assists on the week, as he shot over 52 percent (9-of-17) from behind the three-point line in 73 minutes of play. In BGSU’s home win over Central Michigan on Wednesday night, the 6-1 guard tallied 13 points on 4-of-10 (40 percent) shooting from the field and 3-of-4 (75 percent) from the charity stripe. He followed that performance up with a career-high 27 points in the MAC road win at Western Michigan on Sunday afternoon. Henderson drained a career-high seven three-pointers, as he was 7-of-10 (70 percent) from downtown, including four trey’s in a six minute period in the second half that erased the Broncos’ 15 point lead and got BGSU back into the contest. He also added four steals in the road win and was 10-fo-16 (62.5 percent) overall from the field, as a key layup with 15 seconds left in the game helped to seal the 69-64 come from behind win for BGSU on Sunday afternoon.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Julius “Juice” Brown, Toledo, Guard
Junior, Markham, IL/Hillcrest
Brown averaged 22.5 ppg and a team-high 3.5 apg to help the Rockets post wins over a pair of teams that sit atop the MAC’s East Division. Brown, who shot 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from three-point range and sank all 13 of his free throws, opened the week with 20 points and six assists in a 67-65 home triumph over Buffalo. He scored the Rockets’ last eight points of the game, including a buzzer-beating game-winning shot, en route to going over the 1,000-point mark for his collegiate career. Brown then poured in a season-high 25 points with a season-high four treys in Toledo’s convincing 75-61 triumph at Akron. UT’s win snapped the Zips’ 18-game win streak against the MAC’s West Division and was just their fourth loss in the last 47 home dates.
Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell, Akron, Forward
Senior, Euclid, Ohio/Euclid High School
Treadwell helped the Zips to a 1-1 record last week, posting back-to-back double-doubles in the process. On Wednesday vs. Miami (Ohio), Treadwell finished with 15 points, 10 boards, three assists and a blocked shot. After a slow start, he closed the game with nine points, five boards and two dimes in the second half. Against Toledo on Saturday, Treadwell posted an 18-point, 10-rebound performance to go with two assists and a steal. He opened the second half on fire, scoring Akron’s first 10 points of the half before closing the final 20 minutes with 14 points, eight boards, an assist and a steal. He now has six double-doubles on the year, tied for second-most in the league.
Will Regan, Buffalo, Forward
Junior, Buffalo, NY/Nichols School
Regan averaged 17.0 points and 9.0 rebounds during UB’s two games this past week, capped off with his season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds in UB’s win over Kent State on Saturday evening. It was the first career double-double for Regan, who tied his career high in rebounding. The 25 points scored by Regan were the second most of his career. He went 8-of-15 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from behind the arc. Regan also went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. In UB’s two-point heartbreaking loss at Toledo on Wednesday, Regan narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds, but he did add three assists and a steal. Defensively, Regan had two blocks in each game and is second on the team in that department. Regan is now averaging 10.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season. He is averaging 15.0 points in four conference games.
Austin Stewart, Central Michigan, Guard
Normal, Ill./West HS
Stewart continued his emergence as a key player for Central Michigan with two solid performances last week. After posting four points and four rebounds versus Bowling Green mid-week, he broke out with his top performance of the season against Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Stewart scored a career-high 15 points to go along with a team-best seven rebounds and game-high four steals. This season, Stewart is CMU’s top free throw shooter (.848) and ranks second on the team in rebounding (4.0) and steals (22).
Mike Talley, Eastern Michigan, Guard
R-Junior, Detroit, Mich./Melvindale ABT
Talley led the Eagles to a perfect 2-0 record this week. In the EMU win over Western Michigan, Jan. 14, the Detroit, Mich. native scored 14 points, dished out three assists and nabbed three steals in a 56-37 victory over the Broncos. Just four days later, Talley tied a career-mark when he scored 21 of Eastern’s 72 points in the 72-59 win on the road at Central Michigan. Talley shot 6-of-13 from the floor in the Eagles’ win at McGuirk Arena, while knocking down all eight of his free throw attempts. Overall on the week, Talley averaged 17.5 points per game, while shooting at a 42.9 percent clip and 40 percent from beyond the arc. In addition to his hot shooting from the floor, he shot 92.9 percent from the charity stripe, converting on 13 of his 14 attempts. Talley averaged two assists and 1.5 steals per contest moving Eastern into a tie for the best record in the Mid-American Conference.
Kris Brewer, Kent State, G
Junior, Memphis, Tenn./Brehm Prep (Ill.)
Brewer led Kent State to its second consecutive double-digit second half comeback victory with a game-high 25 points in an overtime contest at Northern Illinois on Wednesday. Brewer scored 9 of the Flashes’ 15 points in the extra session, almost doubling the Huskies’ total (5) by himself. He scored 10 points over the final 8:35 of regulation to help Kent State force overtime after trailing by as much as 13. Against Buffalo, Brewer continued his stellar play down the stretch and scored 9 of his 11 points over the final 5:24. It was not enough this time, as the Flashes came up short in their third straight comeback bid. Brewer averaged 18.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the week.
Will Felder, Miami, Forward
Senior, Cleveland, Ohio/Lutheran East
For the second straight week, Will Felder averaged 17 points or better, averaging 17.5 ppg as the RedHawks played a pair of road games. Felder led the RedHawks in scoring in both games, tallying 16 points at Akron, which led all players, and amassing 19 points at Ball State. Felder shot 66.7 percent from the field against the Cardinals to help Miami shoot 51.9 percent from the field as a team. It was the sixth time this season Felder has scored 19 points or more. He spearheaded Miami to a road win at Ball State to help the RedHawks’ even their MAC record and notch their second road win in MAC play. He also had two steals against Ball State to help Miami to its second-best total for steals in a game this season with 13 against the Cardinals. For the week, Felder shot 58.5 percent from the field and averaged 6.0 rpg, while hitting all of his free throw attempts. He has missed just one free throw in MAC play.
Maurice Ndour, Ohio, Forward
Junior, Mbour, Senegal/Monroe College (N.Y.)
Ndour averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game in a 2-0 week for the Bobcats. The junior forward also made 12-of-14 free throws (.857) on the week. On Wednesday in Ohio’s 71-51 win vs. Ball State, Ndour led Ohio with a game-high 16 points in just 19 minutes of action while making 4-of-8 field goal attempts and 8-of-10 free throws. On Saturday in the Bobcats’ 65-46 win at Northern Illinois, the Mbour, Senegal, native tallied 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds while posting a steal and a block against the Huskies. Ndour’s strong effort on the defensive end of the floor in DeKalb helped Ohio pick up its 10th win in its last 11 MAC road games - the best streak in program history.
David Brown, Western Michigan, Guard
Redshirt Senior, Roscoe, Ill. (Hononegah)
Brown led the Broncos offensive over the past week, averaging 19.5 points per game and shooting lights-out from three-point range in games against Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green. Brown scored a game-high 18 points in the Broncos’ road loss to Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, including a 4-of-8 performance from three-point range. Brown was even better against Bowling Green on Sunday, scoring a team-high 21 points and pumping in another four three-pointers. Brown has now scored 10 or more points in 21 straight games dating back to last season, and has authored six 20+ point performances this year.