Ohio's Ndour, Toledo's Brown Pick Up Player of the Week Honors
February 4, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Maurice Ndour, Ohio, Forward
Junior, Mbour, Senegal/Monroe College (N.Y.)
Ndour exploded for 24.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 66.7 percent (18-27) from the field in a 2-0 week for the Bobcats. The Mbour, Senegal native posted double-doubles in both games and made 12 of his 13 free throw attempts (.923) on the week. On Wednesday in Ohio’s 71-67 win over Central Michigan, Ndour notched a game-high 21 points and 11 rebounds while making 7-of-11 field goal attempts (.636). He was a key part of Ohio’s second half comeback, as 15 of Ndour’s 21 points came during Ohio’s race back from an 18-point deficit (48-30) in the final 15 minutes of the second half. On Saturday in Ohio’s critical 95-90 overtime win over MAC West-leading Toledo, the junior forward poured in a career-high 28 points (11-16 FG) and added a game-high 12 rebounds and three blocks in 41 minutes of action. His 28 points were the most by a Bobcat since a 31-point performance by Ivo Baltic on Feb. 5, 2011. Ndour also became the first Bobcat to post back-to-back 20+ point efforts since Walter Offutt accomplished the feat in the 2012 NCAA Tournament in games vs. USF (21, Round of 32) and No. 1 North Carolina (26, Regional Semifinal).
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Julius “Juice” Brown, Toledo, Guard
Junior, Markham, IL (Hillcrest)
Junior guard Julius “Juice” Brown averaged a team-high 18.0 ppg and 8.0 apg for the Rockets last week in road games at Miami and Ohio. Brown, who shot 48.3 percent (14-of-29) from the field and sank all five of his free throws, tallied eight points and eight assists in UT’s 83-70 road win at Miami. Brown then poured in 28 points, one shy of his career best, and dished out eight assists in a 95-90 (OT) loss at Ohio. He made a career-high 11 field goals, including a game-tying jumper that sent the contest into overtime. In the extra session, he hit a pair of jumpers to provide the Rockets a one-point lead before having a potential game-tying three point shot rim out.
Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell, Akron, Forward
Senior, Euclid, Ohio (Euclid)
Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell helped the Zips to a 1-1 mark last week, averaging 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocked shots while shooting 54.5 percent from the field (12-of-22) and 77.8 percent from the charity stripe (7-of-9). In Akron’s win at Ball State, he finished with 15 points, six boards, three steals, two blocked shots and two assists. In Akron’s road loss at Kent State, he posted his fifth double-double in the last six games, leading all players with 16 points to go with 10 boards, two assists, one steal and one swat. He now has nine double-doubles on the season.
Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Lockport, Ill. (Lockport)
Holmes led the Falcons last week in scoring at 18.0 points per game, rebounds at 9.5 per game and in blocked shots with 3.5 per game over BGSU’s two MAC contests. Holmes had a team-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent) from the floor and 4-of-5 (80 percent) from the free throw line on Wednesday night at Eastern Michigan. The 6-8 junior added nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 37 minutes of play. He followed that contest up with a double-double, his fourth of the season, with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the come from behind win over Buffalo on Sunday. Holmes posted five blocks for the sixth time this season and knocked down 5-of-8 (69.2 percent) from the charity stripe, including hitting three free throws with just over three minutes to go in the game to put the Falcons in front for good in the come from behind win over the Bulls. Holmes’ seven total blocks on the week gives him a league best 65 swats on the year and puts him only eight behind his BGSU season record of 73 blocks from one year ago.
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan, Guard
Southfield, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
Fowler, the MAC’s leading scorer in conference play, was tremendous for Central Michigan last week in two close road losses, averaging 23 points per game. Against Ohio, Fowler helped CMU build an 18-point second half lead en route to scoring 19 points to go along with four steals and two assists. Versus Western Michigan, Fowler spearheaded a second half rally that saw the Chippewas erase a 23-point deficit before eventually falling by three points. He scored a career-high 27 points, including going a perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line, and also tallied three assists and two steals. Through 20 games, Fowler, who is near the top of the league in scoring, assists and assist/turnover ratio, is averaging 17.9, 4.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.
Glenn Bryant, Eastern Michigan, Forward
R-Senior, Detroit, Mich. (Oak Hill Academy)
Bryant put together a stellar week for the Eagles, with a pair of outstanding performances. The Detroit, Mich. native started the week out with a career-game, posting the second double-double of the season, while scoring a career-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting. In addition to the offensive performance, Bryant pulled down 10 rebounds, swatted a pair of shots and picked up three steals in the 69-57 victory over Bowling Green, Jan. 29. In addition to his career-game, the 6-foot-8 forward led the Eagles in rebounding against Miami, Feb. 1, with eight. In addition to pulling down eight boards, the senior scored eight points, while posting a block and a steal. Overall on the week, Bryant averaged 17 points and nine rebounds, while shooting 52 percent (13-of-25) from the floor and 80 percent (8-of-10) from the charity stripe. He averaged 1.5 blocks per game, while picking up a pair of steals per contest.
Darren Goodson, Kent State, Forward
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio/Aiken (Pensacola [Fla.] State College)
Goodson made one of the biggest shots in the history of the Kent State-Akron rivalry, banking a deep fadeaway three-point shot off the glass with 1.6 to play and give the Golden Flashes a 60-57 victory Saturday night at the M.A.C. Center. Goodson’s game-winner capped a stellar stretch run for the senior forward, who scored the Flashes’ final 8 points of the night. Plagued by foul trouble that limited him to just 16 minutes, Goodson scored his first points of the night at the 10:49 mark before heading back to the bench with his fourth foul with 8:43 remaining. He returned to the floor with just over five minutes to play and his next four shots for 10 of his team-leading 12 points. After missing his first four shots, Goodson shot a perfect 5-for-5 from the field in the second half. Against Northern Illinois on Wednesday, Goodson scored a team-high 10 and played a big role in a terrific team defensive performance. The Flashes held the Huskies to just 50 points, the lowest total by a Division I opponent this season, and 34% shooting while forcing 20 turnovers.
Will Sullivan, Miami, Guard
Junior, Elmhurst, Ill. (York)
Sullivan led Miami averaging 15.0 ppg and 3.0 spg and shooting 55.6 from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point range as Miami split a pair of games last week. Sullivan tallied 11 points and added a career-high four steals against league co-leader Toledo last Wednesday. He poured in 19 points to lead all players in a thrilling come-from-behind win against Eastern Michigan. Sullivan drained 5-of-6 3-point field goals against the Eagles (.833) to spark the RedHawks. His five triples were a career high. Sullivan was 6-of-9 from the field against EMU (.556). He added three assists, four rebounds, and two steals in 37 minutes of action against EMU. For the week, he also was perfect from the free-throw line, going 2-for-2 in each game.
Travon Baker, Northern Illinois, Guard
Baker sealed a pair of comeback road victories for the Huskies over Kent State and Ball State. Trailing by 14 with 14:29 to play at Kent State, Baker and the Huskies rallied for a 50-49 victory, their first at Kent State since 2003. With 5.2 seconds left at the Golden Flashes leading by one, 49-48, Baker stepped to the free-throw line and drained a pair, giving the Huskies the one-point victory. Baker scored nine of his 11 points in the second half and had three second half steals to aid the NIU rally. At Ball State, the Huskies trailed by as much as 15 in the first half and by nine with less than seven minutes remaining before NIU made a run. Baker dished out a career-high tying six assists, all in the second half, to help fuel the Huskie comeback. But NIU still trailed by three in the final seconds when Baker, who had been held scoreless, connected on a triple with nine seconds left to force overtime. In the bonus period, Baker scored NIU’s final five points, including another triple, as the Huskies pulled off their second comeback win of the week, 67-65. For the week, Baker averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks. The sophomore from Detroit is averaging 11.1 points per game in league play and has scored in double figures in six of the last seven contests.
David Brown, Western Michigan, Guard
Senior, Roscoe, Ill. (Hononegah)
Brown helped the Broncos to a split last week, including a 75-72 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas at home on Saturday. Brown scored 11 points against Buffalo on Wednesday while also recording three rebounds and three assists; that 11-point performance extended his streak of consecutive games with double-digit scoring to 23 games. Brown pushed it to 24 with a strong effort against the Chippewas on Saturday, scoring a team-high 20 points to go with seven rebounds, a career-high four assists, and four steals.