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MAC Announces Men's Basketball Players of the Week

December 31, 2012
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MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Zeke Marshall, Akron
Center, Senior, McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport HS)
Marshall continued his solid play in helping the Zips to a 2-0 record last week, including home wins over Texas Southern (83-68) and Princeton (62-58). For the week, he averaged 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocked shots and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 81.3 percent from the floor (13-of-16) and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe (12-of-16). In Akron’s victory over Texas Southern, Marshall led the Zips with 21 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots in just 21 minutes. His five blocked shots marked the seventh game this season that he had five-plus swats. Against Princeton, Marshall put up his second-straight performance averaging a point a minute, pitching in with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 17 minutes. He finished the game going 7-of-7 from the floor and hit a 15-foot sky hook with one second left on the shot clock on an inbounds play with 1:33 remaining to help seal the victory.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Rian Pearson, Toledo
Junior, Guard, Green Bay
Pearson recorded his first double-double of the season and 11th of his career with 24 points and 10 rebounds to propel the Rockets to a 74-55 home victory over Horizon League foe UIC (9-4). Pearson also tied his career best with a team-high five assists to go along with three steals. Pearson, who has led the Rockets in scoring on five occasions this season, helped the Rockets hold the Flames to an opponent season-low 33.3 field-goal percentage and also register a 48-38 rebounding advantage. 
Other Nominees
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Junior, Forward, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea stuffed the stat sheet in only 20 minutes of action in an 84-64 win over Notre Dame College. The junior forward finished with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting and added five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a career-high five booked shots.
Spencer Krannitz, Central Michigan
Freshman, Guard/Forward, North Muskegon, Mich. (North Muskegon)
Krannitz grabbed nine rebounds to help Central Michigan out-rebounded the number two team in the country by nine Saturday night. The Chippewas became just the second team this season to out-perform an undefeated Michigan team on the boards, and scored more points than any other Michigan opponent this year. In just 17 minutes off the bench, Krannitz also notched eight points and a block in the Chippewas' 15-point loss at Michigan.
Daylen Harrison, Eastern Michigan
Junior, Guard/Forward, Akron, Ohio (St. Vincent-St. Mary)
Harrison helped the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team to an undefeated, 1-0, record last week with an 87-49 win over Siena Heights University. Harrison posted 15 points on a 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) effort from the floor. The Akron, Ohio native pulled down four rebounds, while dishing out four assists and nabbing a pair of steals from the Saints. Harrison was also a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.

Allen Roberts, Miami
Junior, Guard, Middletown, Ohio (Middletown)
Roberts scored 16 points to spur Miami to an 84-67 win over Wilmington College in the RedHawks’ lone game of the week. Roberts was 4-for-8 from the floor, with all four field goals coming from 3-point range. He was 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. Roberts also sunk 4-of-5 free throws and added four rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes of action. His 16 points contributed to Miami’s best scoring performance of the season. His four 3-pointers accounted for one-third of the RedHawks' treys as Miami sunk a season-high 12 against the Quakers.
Reggie Keely, Ohio
Senior, Forward, University Heights, Ohio (Cleveland Heights)
Keely posted 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds (which tied a season best) in Ohio's game at Oklahoma on Saturday night. Keely connected on six-of-eight (.750) field goal attempts in 27 minutes on the floor. The University Heights, Ohio, native leads the MAC this season with a .676 (50-74) field goal percentage. 
Darius Paul, Western Michigan
Freshman, Forward, Gurnee, Ill. (Warren)
Paul showed up on a national stage against a ranked opponent, notching his third career double-double and third of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Broncos' loss at #23/25 North Carolina State.  Of the freshman forward's three double-doubles this season, two have come on national television and against ranked opponents; he also recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Broncos' game at then-#3 Michigan on December 4.  Paul ranks second on the Broncos in three major categories, averaging 12.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.  He leads all MAC freshman in scoring and rebounding, as well.

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