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MAC Announces Men's Basketball Players of the Week

March 3, 2014

MAC East Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Joshua Freelove, Buffalo, Guard
Senior, North Lauderdale, FL
Freelove averaged 19.0 points as he helped lead the Bulls to a pair of wins this past week at Ohio and against Miami.  In the victory over the RedHawks, Freelove finished with a career-high 24 points, including 21 of those in the second half.  In fact, Freelove nearly outscored the entire Miami offense in the second half.  He was extremely efficient from the floor, shooting 8-of-12, including 6-of-10 from three point range.  In the second half, Freelove was 7-of-8 from the floor and 5-of-6 from three-point range.  The six three pointers were the most by a UB player this season.  In the win at Ohio, Freelove was one of four players in double figures with 14 points.  The victory helped snap a seven-game losing skid to the Bobcats.
MAC West Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan, Center
Redshirt Senior, Paw Paw, Mich. (Lawrence)
Whittington was utterly dominant in the Broncos’ two games last week, scoring 25+ points and notching double-doubles in each as the Broncos defeated Ball State on Wednesday and fell to Toledo on Saturday in overtime.  Whittington tied a career-high with 28 points to go with 14 rebounds in WMU’s 88-81 overtime victory against the Cardinals, shooting 12 of 22 (.545) from the field while also recording three blocked shots and one steal.  He was even more dominant in the game against Toledo on Saturday, scoring 25 points on a sterling 11 of 14 (.786) shooting from the field, while also recording 13 rebounds, three assists, and three blocked shots.  Whittington has now recorded a double-double in five straight games, the second-longest streak in program history behind Booker James’ six double-doubles during the 1986-87 season.  It also gives Whittington 12 double-doubles in 2013-14, the third-highest total for a MAC player this year and tied for the third-highest single-season mark in WMU history; Whittington also recorded 12 double-doubles last season.
Other Nominees
Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell, Akron, Forward
Senior, Euclid, Ohio (Euclid High School)
Treadwell closed last week averaging a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while averaging 4.0 assists. On Wednesday at Miami (Ohio), he posted his 14th double-double of the season with a 12 point, 11 rebound performance, in addition to three dimes. On Saturday vs. Bowling Green, he became the 41st player in Akron history to score 1,000 career points. He closed the night with 17 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five assists.
Jesse Berry, Ball State, Guard
Senior, Lafayette, Ind. (Jefferson)
Berry averaged 18.5 points per game last week to lead Ball State to a split of two league games. The senior guard scored 17 points Wednesday as the Cardinals took MAC leader Western Michigan to overtime. He then scored a team-high 20 points Saturday as Ball State took down Central Michigan, 74-71. Berry, the Cardinals’ all-time leader in 3-pointers, shot 50 percent (7 of 14) from beyond the arc for the week. He also added 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Berry has come on strong down the stretch, scoring at least 17 points in each of the past six games and averaging 18.3 points per game during that streak.
Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green, Forward
Junior, Lockport, Ill./Lockport
Holmes had a stellar week on the court for the Falcons, as he nearly posted two straight double-doubles in BGSU’s two MAC East contests. Holmes posted 14 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four blocks in the Falcons’ win over Kent State on Wednesday night in the Stroh Center. He backed that performance up with 14 points, nine rebounds and four more blocked shots in a road loss at Akron on Saturday night. For the week, Holmes averaged 14 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 2.0 assists per game all while shooting 44 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line. With his eight blocks last week, Holmes increased his season total to 83 on the season, a new BGSU single season record. He also added to his career blocks total, giving him 156 overall and placing him just three swats shy of BGSU career blocks leader  Otis Polk and his record 159 career rejections.
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan, Guard
Southfield, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
Fowler paced Central Michigan in road match-ups with Eastern Michigan and Ball State last week, averaging 18 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. Against the Eagles, Fowler led CMU in points (10) and rebounds (4) and assists (2). Versus the Cardinals, Fowler was tremendous, falling just short of a double-double, totaling a game-high 26 points and nine assists, to go along with five rebounds. He scored 20 points in the second half, including downing three three-pointers, and was just off target on a fourth at the buzzer that would have tied the game and sent it to overtime. In less than two seasons, Fowler already ranks eighth in the CMU record career assists with 326. In addition, Fowler’s standout 2013-14 season ranks sixth on CMU’s steals (54) and free throws attempted (199) list and seventh in assists (150) and free throws made (136). He also ranks among the MAC leaders in points, assists, steals, turnover margin, assist/turnover ratio and shooting percentage.
Mike Talley, Eastern Michigan, Guard
R-Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Melvindale ABT)
Talley led the Eagles to a perfect 2-0 week as the Green and White posted wins over Central Michigan, 64-42, and Northern Illinois, 56-52. The Detroit, Mich. native averaged 12.5 points a game, along with four assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per contest. Talley was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line on the week. Talley posted what could be labeled as his best game since donning the Green and White when he led Eastern to a 56-52 win over Northern Illinois, March 1. Talley knocked down a three-pointer on an inbound play with just two seconds on the shot clock and 23 seconds left in the game, giving EMU its first lead since the opening minutes of the contest. The Melvindale ABT High School graduate posted a career-best 21 points, while he also posted career-highs with six rebounds and four steals. In addition, Talley dished out three assists in the EMU win and went a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe.
Devareaux Manley, Kent State, G
Junior, Oakland, Calif. (Castlemont)
Manley shot 60-percent from the three-point arc and averaged 16.5 points per game to help Kent State spilt a pair of games and be in position to clinch a home game in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Manley, who has come off the bench the past 10 games, led the Golden Flashes in scoring in both games. He scored 16 points on 4-for-9 from the three-point line in a loss at Bowling Green on Wednesday, and followed with 17 points on 5-for-6 from the three-point line in a victory at Ohio on Saturday.
Quinten Rollins, Miami, Guard:
Senior, Wilmington, Ohio (Wilmington)
Quinten Rollins averaged 10.0 ppg, 5.5 spg, 4.5 apg and 5.0 rpg last week for the RedHawks. Rollins amassed six steals in a 65-61 win against Akron, including one with just over a second to play to help secure the win for the RedHawks. He sunk two free throws in the last second to seal the win. His six steals tie for fifth on Miami’s single-game list. Needing just three steals entering the game to become the 15th player in MAC history to reach 200 career steals. He also had five steals at Buffalo, marking the sixth time this season and 12th time in his career he has had five or more steals. Rollins now ranks 12th on the MAC’s career steals list with 208. Rollins also upped his season total to 67 to move past Ron Harper’s No. 3 total of 62 in 1983. Harper owns the other two top totals. Rollins added six assists to his line against the Zips, marking the seventh time this season he has handed out five or more assists and 25th time in his career. Rollins also tied a career high with seven rebounds against the Zips. Rollins, who had been shooting 62.5 percent from the line entering the week, sunk 7-of-8 free throws (.875) last week.
Jordan Threloff, Northern Illinois, Center
Junior, DeKalb, Ill. (DeKalb)
Threloff averaging 10.5 points and 9.0 rebounds last week as the Huskies split a pair of games against Toledo and Eastern Michigan. In a victory over Toledo, Threloff scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds, going 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, as the Huskies knocked off Toledo, 74-66. Threloff came back with eight points and nine rebounds, including a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, at Eastern Michigan. Threloff is averaging 9.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season. Threloff has scored in double figures 11 times this season, including in eight of the last 12 games.
Travis Wilkins, Ohio University, Guard
Senior, Springfield, Mo./Snow College (Utah)
Wilkins averaged 10.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists while making 57.1 percent (8-14) of his field goal attempts in two games for Ohio. The Springfield, Mo., native also hit 4-of-8 3-point field goal attempts (.500) while averaging 30.5 minutes/game. On Wednesday vs. Buffalo, Wilkins posted seven points and three rebounds while making 3-of-5 field goals. On Saturday on Senior Day vs. Kent State, the senior led Ohio with 14 points (5-9 FG) and knocked down four of his six 3-point attempts (.667) while distributing two assists to pace the Bobcats. Wilkins leads the MAC with a 48.6 3-point field goal percentage (35-72) in conference play this season.
Rian Pearson, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Raytown, MO (South)
Pearson averaged a team-high 19.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 2.0 spg while shooting 57.1 percent (14-of-25) from the field as well as 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from three-point range vs. Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. Pearson poured in a team-high 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds vs. the Huskies while shooting 10-of-15 from the field. He then tallied 11 points and five rebounds against the Broncos.

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