MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Javon McCrea, Buffalo, Forward
Senior, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea led the Bulls to a pair of victories this past week as he averaged 22.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 steals per game. In UB’s 30-point win over Binghamton on Monday, McCrea finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds, picking up his fifth double-double of the season. McCrea helped lead the Bulls on Sunday afternoon to a big road victory at Drexel as he finished with 20 points and nine rebounds. McCrea was in foul trouble for most of the first half, but scored 16 points in the second half. It was McCrea’s second straight 20-point game and his third of the season. McCrea leads the Bulls with 17.7 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per contest.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Rian Pearson, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Raytown, Mo. (South)
Pearson led Toledo to its 12th straight victory to open the season tallying a game-high 22 points as well as five rebounds, three assists in the Rockets’ 85-66 triumph over Coppin State. Pearson, who hit 2-of-4 three-point shot attempts, did nearly all of his damage offensively in the first half by scoring 15 points to help UT to a 44-24 halftime advantage. He also helped the Rockets limit the Eagles to a 39.7 shooting mark and register a dominating 47-25 rebounding advantage.
Quincy Diggs, Akron, Forward
Senior, Dallas, Texas (Plano East)
Diggs posted three-straight double-digit performances for the Zips last week. Against No. 14/13 Iowa State, Diggs finished with 12 points, four boards, three assists and two steals. He posted a performance of 10 points, four boards and four assists vs. South Carolina on Christmas Day, followed by 13 points, five board and four assists at South Carolina on Dec. 28.
Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Lockport, Ill. (Lockport)
Holmes had a game-high 15 points and 10 rebounds to record his second double-double of the season. Holmes, who scored the last eight points of the game for the Falcons, helped to lead Bowling Green back into the contest late in a three-point loss to Wright State on Sunday afternoon. Holmes was 5-of-10 from the floor, 5-of-7 from the free throw line and also had one block and three steals in the Falcons' lone game of the week.
Mike Talley, Eastern Michigan, Guard
R-Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Melvindale ABT)
Talley was the offensive leader for the Eagles in their only contest last week. The Detroit, Mich. native posted his second-straight 20-plus point performance in a setback against No. 9-ranked Duke University. Talley managed a 41.1 shooting percentage after knocking down seven shots including one from beyond the arc. The Eagles’ point guard also converted 5-of-8 attempts at the free throw line for EMU. His final line came to 20 points, along with three assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Willie Moore, Miami, Guard
Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio (Aiken)
Moore scored 14 points, sinking every field goal inside 3-point range, to lift Miami to a gutsy 67-65 win over Southern Illinois in its lone game of the week. It was the Miami debut for Moore, who shot 62.5 percent from the field and added a game-best five assists to his stat line in addition to two steals and one blocked shot in 26 minutes of action. Moore hit his first triple of the night at the most critical time, sinking a trey with 1:09 to play to put the RedHawks within one to set the stage for the win, which was the RedHawks’ fourth victory in six games. It also was the first time Miami put consecutive wins together, coming off its first road win at Tennessee State on Dec. 21.