MAC Men's Basketball
East Division Player of the Week
Zack Denny, Bowling Green, Guard
Sophomore, Germantown, Ohio/Valley View
Denny led the Falcons in a number of categories last week, as the Falcons went 1-1 overall with a road loss at Dayton and a home win versus Cleveland State. Denny, who logged a team-high 37.0 minutes per game last week for BGSU, averaged a team-high 15.0 points per game on 61.1 percent shooting from the floor (11-of-18), including knocking down 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from behind the three-point line. The sophomore guard also averaged 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game last week. In the road loss at Dayton, Denny scored a game-high 16 points on 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) shooting and added six rebounds and three steals in 38 minutes of play. On Saturday in the home win over CSU, Denny poured in 14 points and hauled in a career-high nine rebounds in 36 minutes. He was 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) from the field overall and a perfect 2-of-2 from the three-point line and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. He is 14-of-14 from the free throw line for the year.
MAC Men's Basketball
West Division Player of the Week
Connar Tava, Western Michigan, Forward
Junior, Macomb, Mich./Warren De La Salle
Tava helped lead a winning effort against a West Coast opponent on the road, leading the Broncos in scoring in their 80-72 win over Pacific in Stockton on Sunday. Tava went 8-of-11 from the field for a team-high 19 points while also tying the team-high with five rebounds, recording a game-high five steals, and also dishing out five assists. The Broncos led from the 18:41 mark of the first half onward, defeating the Tigers to improve to 6-3 on the season.
Pat Forsythe, Akron, Center
Junior, Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick High School
Forsythe led the Zips in scoring in the squads only game of the week, a 62-61 home loss to Middle Tennessee. Forsythe closed the game with 14 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot. His two steals tied a career high. He hit on 5-of-8 from the field (.625) and 4-of-6 (.667).
Mike Talley, Eastern Michigan, Guard
Redshirt-Senior, Detroit, Mich./Melvindale ABT
Talley led the Eagles to their first victory over the University of Michigan Tuesday, Dec. 9, since the 1997 season, when the Green and White traveled across Washtenaw County. The Eagles came away from the Crisler Center with a 45-42 victory over the Wolverines, in large part to Talley. It was just the third time in 30 meetings that EMU had defeated Michigan and Talley filled up the stat sheet for Eastern. The Detroit, Mich. native scored nine points, including hitting on seven-of-eight opportunities at the charity stripe, dishing out a game-high six assists, while pulling down three rebounds and picking the Wolverines pocket on one occasion, leading the Eagles to their biggest non-conference victory in the Rob Murphy era.
Jimmy Hall, Kent State, Forward
Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Anthony's (N.J.)
Hall notched a game-high 14 points and converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 35.7 seconds remaining in overtime to help Kent State put the finishing touches on a 60-55 victory on the road over Arkansas-Little Rock. Hall also pulled down a game-high 8 rebounds to help the Golden Flashes hold a 42-34 edge on the glass and a 19-6 advantage in second-chance points. Hall has scored in double-figures in all 8 games this season to become the first player to score at least 10 points in his first 8 games in a Kent State uniform in more than 15 years.
Antonio Campbell, Ohio, F
So., Cincinnati, Ohio/Holy Cross
Campbell (Cincinnati, Ohio) tallied his second straight double-double to help lead the Ohio men's basketball team (3-3) to a 66-55 triumph over Alcorn State (1-7) on Saturday (Dec. 13) at the Convocation Center. Campbell, who made his first start of the season against the Braves, posted 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in 26 minutes of work and is averaging 10.7 points and 8.5 rebounds through six games in 2014-15.
Darrell Bowie, NIU, Wing
Junior, Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep (Calif.)
Bowie fell just one rebound shy of a double-double with a team-high 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds in NIU's 59-55 setback at Eastern Illinois. Bowie, who is averaging 12.8 points and 7.2 rebounds, also had a pair of steals against the Panthers and was 2-of-3 from behind the three-point line.
Julius Brown, Toledo, Guard
Senior, Markham, Ill./Hillcrest
Brown hit back-to-back three-point field goals in the final two minutes to snap a 65-65 tie and lead the Rockets to a 73-65 home victory. Brown paced UT's balanced attack with 15 points and also dished out five assists.