MAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
February 11, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MAC East Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
A'uston Calhoun. Bowling Green
Senior, Forward, Southfield HS (Southfield)
Calhoun averaged a double-double on the week, posting 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as the Falcons split two games on the week. Calhoun had 15 points, 12 rebounds, a block and a steal in the team's win at Northern Illinois, the first Falcon road victory of the season. He then followed that up with a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds at Ohio. Calhoun also went 9-of-11 from the free-throw line on the week.
MAC West Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Rian Pearson, Toledo
Junior, Guard, Raytown, Mo. (UW-Green Bay) (South)
Pearson helped Toledo move into a first-place tie in the MAC’s West Division after averaging 22.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.0 spg and 1.5 apg in a pair of home wins over Miami and Eastern Michigan last week. The MAC’s leading scorer shot 54.2 percent from the field and knocked down 19-of-26 free-throw attempts (73.1 percent). A Raytown, MO native, Pearson produced one of the best performances of his Rocket career in Saturday’s win over the Eagles, tallying 29 points (one shy of his career high) and 14 rebounds for his 12th career double-double. Pearson helped UT hold off several EMU rallies by scoring 20 points in the second half and connecting on his last 10 free throws.In Toledo’s 65-64 win over Miami, Pearson tallied 16 points (10 in the second half), four rebounds and two steals and was 5-of-8 from the field and 6-of-7 from the charity stripe.
Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell, Akron
Junior, Forward, Euclid, Ohio (Euclid)
Demetrius “Tree’ Treadwell helped the Zips extend their nation’s-best winning streak to 15 games last week with wins over Central Michigan and Miami (Ohio). For the week, Treadwell averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game while shooting 57.9 percent from the floor (11-of-19). In Akron’s 68-56 win over CMU, Treadwell finished with 12 points, five boards and three assists while playing just 22 minutes because of foul trouble. However, he made the most of his minutes by starting a 9-0 run with 2:39 remaining to break a close game and set the Zips up for their 14th-straight win. On Saturday at Miami, Treadwell tied teammate Brian Walsh for top scoring honors in the contest, pitching in with 13 points and six boards.
Jauwan Scaife, Ball State
Senior, Guard, Muncie, Ind. (Central)
Scaife poured in a career-high 30 points Saturday, including 24 in the second half alone, to lift Ball State to a 65-62 victory over MAC West Division leader Western Michigan. The senior guard, who also scored 18 points Wednesday against Ohio, averaged 24.0 points per game for the week. Scaife, who scored 24 of Ball State’s 37 second-half points against Western Michigan, accounted for nearly 45 percent of the team’s points over the two games (48 of 107). For the week, he knocked down 48.3 percent of his shots from the floor (14 of 29), 42.9 percent from 3-point range (6 of 14) and 87.5 percent from the free throw line (14 of 16). His effort in snapping WMU’s seven-game winning streak was the first 30-point performance by a Ball State player in five years. Scaife, who is averaging 22.0 points over the past four contests, ranks fourth in the MAC at 17.4 points per game in league play.
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Junior, Forward, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea averaged 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and a block as the Bulls went 1-1 on the week. At Eastern Michigan, the junior forward fell just short of his eighth double-double of the season, finishing with a team-high 15 points and nine rebounds. He also added three assists and a block against the Eagles. In UB's win over Northern Illinois, McCrea had a game-high 16 points and added six rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal. He scored Buffalo's first six points of the second half to extend a 4-point halftime lead to 10 points.
Kyle Randall, Central Michigan
Senior, Guard, Youngstown, Ohio (Kennedy Catholic (Pa.)
Randall improved his streak of 20-point games to five with a pair of game-high 20 and 22-point efforts last week to became the league's leading scorer in conference games. The senior is now averaging 19.5 points per league outing and 17.2 points overall, and is also among the league leaders is assists, free throws and three-pointers. Last week Randall shot 46% from the floor (12-26), 71% (5-7) from three-point range, and 87% (13-15) from the free throw line.
Daylen Harrison, Eastern Michigan
R-Junior , Guard/Forward, Akron, Ohio, St. Vincent-St. Mary (Wyoming)
Harrison led the Eagles to a split this week in Mid-American Conference play. The Akron, Ohio native posted 14 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, while picking up his first career double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds) in a 60-52 loss to Toledo, Feb. 9. The redshirt junior's 19 points were a career-high and he shot 6-of-15 (40 percent) from the floor, while registering three steals, a pair of blocks and two assists at Savage Arena. Harrison averaged 31 minutes per game while shooting 10-for-27 (37 percent) from the field and hit 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) from the free throw line this week. EMU used nine points and five rebounds from Harrison to defeat Buffalo, 65-46, Feb. 6, including four field goals from the Akron, Ohio native.
Chris Evans, Kent State
Senior, Forward, Chesapeake, Va. (Wabash Valley C.C.)
Evans averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in helping Kent State split in pair of conference games last week. Evans led the Golden Flashes in scoring and rebounding in both contests. He scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds in an 82-76 loss at Western Michigan on Wednesday. Evans then led the Flashes to an 87-72 win over Central Michigan on Saturday with 19 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.
Reggie Johnson, Miami
Freshman, Guard, Chicago, Ill. (St. Joseph)
Johnson averaged 13.0 ppg and shot an impressive 62.5 percent from the field last week. He notched a team-high 16 points in a tight game at Toledo, hitting the go-ahead put-back bucket with just over three seconds left before the RedHawks fell on a buzzer-beater ... Johnson shot 54.5 percent against the Rockets and notched two steals and two rebounds ... he tallied 10 points against Akron, shooting 80.0 percent from the field.
Walter Offutt, Ohio
Senior, Guard, Indianapolis, Ind. (Ohio State University)
Offutt averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting 66.7 percent (10-15) from the floor, in a 2-0 week for the Bobcats. The Indianapolis, Ind., product also made 5-of-8 attempts from 3-point territory (.625). On Wednesday in a 69-42 win at Ball State, Offutt led the Bobcats on both ends of the court. He paced the Green and White with 17 points (on 6-of-9 shooting) and added four rebounds and three assists, while his season-best four steals helped the Bobcats put together their best defensive effort of the season. In Saturday’s 72-63 win vs. Bowling Green, Offutt notched 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and added three rebounds and two assists. On the year, Offutt ranks third on Ohio with 11.2 points per game.
David Brown, Western Michigan
Junior, Guard, Roscoe, Ill. (Hononegah)
Brown was a top offensive threat for the Broncos last week, leading them to a win over Kent State on Wednesday and very nearly leading them to a comeback victory against Ball State on Saturday. Brown scored a career-high 22 points in the Broncos' win over the Golden Flashes, going 4-of-6 from the field (including a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range) and going 11-of-14 from the free throw line in the six-point win. Brown added two rebounds and a steal in the victory. Brown scored 13 points in the Broncos' three-point loss to Ball State, going 3-of-6 from the field and 7-of-11 from the free throw line. He also recorded three steals, two assists, and one rebound. Brown ranks third on the team in scoring with an average of 11.0 points per game.