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CJ Massinburg, Buffalo
Guard, Senior, Dallas, TX (South Oak Cliff)
Senior CJ Massinburg led the Bulls by averaging 20.5 points per game this past week as UB won a pair of games, to increase their current winning streak to five game. In the process, Massinburg moved into third place on Buffalo's all-time scoring list in the win over Kent State as he now has 1,835 points in his career. Massinburg began the week on Tuesday with 23 points in Buffalo's blowout win over Ohio. He added three rebounds and four assists in the victory. On Friday, Massinburg added 18 points in the victory over the Golden Flashes, while defensively he had a career high five steals. Overall, he shot 65.2% from the floor and 77.8% from the free throw line.
MAC West Division Co-Player of the Week
Kevin McKay, Central Michigan
Guard, Junior, Warren, Mich. (Warren De La Salle)
Junior guard Kevin McKay was at the forefront of two key Central Michigan wins last week, helping move the Chippewas within one game of first place in the West Division and into position for a potential first round bye to the MAC Tournament. McKay averaged a double-double, 14.5 points and 14.0 rebounds, in leading CMU to a home win over Kent State and a road victory against Ball State. On Tuesday versus the Golden Flashes, McKay just missed a double-double, posting 12 points, a game-high nine rebounds and a career-high four blocks. On Saturday against the Cardinals, McKay contributed perhaps the greatest individual performance by a Chippewa since Marcus Keene scored 50 points two years ago. With Shawn Roundtree Jr., the team's leading scorer in MAC play, sidelined for the second half and 3-point leader David DiLeo hampered by illness, McKay dominated, totaling 17 points and a career-best 19 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. The double-double was the 11th of his career and the sixth this season. He is just one of three guards in Division I this year to collect 19 or more rebounds in a game and ranks No. 2 in the nation among guards with an average of 3.3 offensive rebounds per game.
Paul Jackson, Eastern Michigan
Guard, Redshirt Senior, Stone Mountain, Ga. (Martin Luther King Jr.)
Redshirt senior Paul Jackson led Eastern Michigan to its second 2-0 week of MAC play, as Eastern toppled current MAC West leader Toledo, 76-69, and squeaked by Western Michigan, 77-76 in overtime. The Eagles' guard scored 19 points and dished out five assists, while also swiping a career-best five steals against the Rockets, Feb. 19, and followed that up with an eye-popping 20-point, seven-assist performance against Western, Feb. 23. The Stone Mountain, Ga. native scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the final four minutes of regulation and overtime, leading Eastern to its second OT win of the season.
Tyler Cheese, Akron
Guard, Junior, Albany, Ga.
Tyler Cheese led the Akron Zips to a 70-58 win over Miami with a career-high 27 points. He shot 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the floor, including a perfect 3-of-3 showing from beyond the 3-point arc. He added a 4-of-6 effort from the free throw line, grabbed five rebounds, secured three steals, dished out two assists, and blocked a shot. Earlier in the week, Cheese recorded nine points with six rebounds, two steals and an assist in a 73-69 loss on the road to Bowling Green. For the week, Cheese shot 52.0 percent (13-of-25) from the field, 75.0 percent (3-of-4) from dee and 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from the free throw line while grabbing 11 rebounds, swiping five steals, handing out three assists and blocking one shot.
Antonio Williams, Kent State
Guard, Junior, Chicago, Ill
Junior guard Antonio Williams led the Flashes in games against Central Michigan and Buffalo averaging 15.0 points per game, 3.5 rebounds, and totaled 5 steals. Against Central Michigan, Williams scored 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting and went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Williams also had two blocked shots and three steals in the game. Against Buffalo, Williams let the team in the scoring column with 17 points, five rebounds, and one takeaway. Williams shot 6-of-11 from the field and went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. On the season, Williams is averaging 11.2 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game. He also leads the team with 48 steals and has a second-best 24 blocks.
Jason Carter, Ohio
Forward, RS Sophomore, Johnstown, Ohio / Johnstown-Monroe
Redshirt sophomore forward Jason Carter led the Bobcats this past week. Overall, Carter averaged 19.5 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per contest. He added 1.5 assists per game, 0.5 steals per game and 1.0 blocks per game. He shot .591 from the field and .667 from three-point range. Against Buffalo on Feb. 19, Carter scored 16 points, going 5-of-10 from the field. He also grabbed four boards and dished out two assists while going 5-of-7 from the free throw line. Then on Feb. 22 against Bowling Green, Carter scored 23 points, going 8-of-12 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range and 6-of-12 from the free throw line. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, dished out one assist and had one block and one steal in the 92-87 overtime victory over the Falcons. The victory helped snap the Bobcats six-game losing streak.
Nate Navigato, Toledo
Forward, Senior, Geneva, Ill / Geneva
Senior Nate Navigato scored a team-high 17.0 points and averaged 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in the Rockets’ two games last week. Navigato shot 52.6 percent from the field, 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from three-point range and 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the free-throw line. Navigato scored a season-high 21 points in Toledo’s come-from-behind 57-54 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday. He played a key role in UT’s comeback with three three-point field goals in the second half to help UT rally from an 11-point second-half deficit.
Josh Davis, Western Michigan
Guard, Senior, Detroit, Mich. (Henry J. Ford)
Josh Davis recorded his fifth double-double of the season on Saturday at Eastern Michigan with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The senior guard also matched his career high for the fifth time with four assists along with two steals. Davis registered nine of his 12 rebounds in the second half and overtime period against the Eagles. It was the 16th game this season in which Davis has scored in double figures and the first double-double the Detroit, Mich. product has registered since Dec. 8.