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Jimond Ivey, Akron, G
Junior, Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville)
Ivey led Akron to a 1-1 week, defeating Coppin State, 87-63, and falling in a tough battle against the No. 8 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, 61-43. Ivey opened the week with a 20-point performance against the Eagles, shooting 64 percent from the floor (7-of-11) with a 33 percent showing from downtown (1-of-3) and a perfect 5-of-5 effort from the free throw line. In 29 minutes of work, he added five rebounds and five assists. In 33 minutes against Gonzaga, Ivey was Akron’s second leading scorer with 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting for a 43 percent performance from the field. He knocked down one 3-pointer (four attempts) and was 3-of-5 from the charity stripe. Ivey grabbed seven rebounds, had three steals, and an assist. For the week, Ivey averaged 15 points per game (30 pts) in 62 minutes. He shot 10-of-18 (.555) from the floor, 2-of-7 (.285) from downtown, and 8-of-10 (.800) from the free throw line. He averaged six rebounds per game (12 rbs), three assists per game (6 ast), and 1.5 steals per contest (3 stl).
Sean Sellers, Ball State, G
Junior, Greensburg, Ind. (Greensburg)
Sellers scored a career-high 32 points Saturday as Ball State capped a 2-0 week with an overtime victory over Eastern Kentucky. He tied his career-high with seven 3-pointers, one shy of the school record, finishing 10 of 14 from the floor, 7 of 10 from 3-point range and 5 of 6 from the free throw line. Sellers scored 22 of his points and hit five of his 3’s after halftime to keep the Cardinals in a back-and-forth game. He did it all while playing 41 of the game’s 45 minutes. Sellers also had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists earlier in the week in Ball State’s win over Bradley. Over the two games, he managed 46 points on only 22 shots, going 15 of 22 from the floor and 11 of 16 from beyond the arc. A 42.9 percent 3-point shooter for his career, Sellers is knocking down 47.5 percent from deep this season.
Demajeo Wiggins, Bowling Green, F
Sophomore, Toledo, Ohio
Wiggins, a sophomore guard from Toledo, Ohio, helped BGSU to a 1-1 week, as the Falcons lost at Evansville on Tuesday (Dec. 6), but defeated Detroit Mercy on Saturday (Dec. 10). In the three-point loss at Evansville, Wiggins registered the first double-double of his career. The sophomore went 5-for-9 from the field, 8-for-13 from the line, and scored a career-high 18 points. He also pulled down 12 rebounds, which tied a career high, and played a career-high 32 minutes. In the Falcons’ win over Detroit Mercy, Wiggins totaled a career-high four blocks, went 2-for-3 from the floor, and added four rebounds, one steal and one assist. For the week, Wiggins averaged 11.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, while shooting 58.3 percent from the field.
Willie Conner, Buffalo, Wing
Senior, Chicago, IL (Richard T. Crane)
Conner averaged 17.0 points per game over UB's two contests this past week, including tying his career high with 28 points on Saturday in an 87-52 win over Coppin State. Conner finished with eight three pointers in the game, tied for the most in a single game in school history, shattering his previous career high. He is averaging 15.0 points per game and is shooting just under 40% from three.
Tim Bond, Eastern Michigan, G
Junior, Baltimore, Md. (City College HS)
Bond led the Eagles to a 117-55 victory in their only game this week. Bond stuffed the stat sheet en route to his first double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points, 10 assists, and seven steals. His 10 assists marked the most in his career, while seven steals was just one behind his personal-best. Additionally, the 10 helpers marked the most assists by an Eagle since Mike Talley notched 10 back on Jan. 10, 2015.
Jaaron Simmons, Ohio, G
R-Jr., Dayton, Ohio (Archbishop Alter)
Simmons (Dayton, Ohio) scored a season-high 22 points, but the Ohio men's basketball team (5-2) suffered a tough 79-75 loss at Iona (6-3) last Saturday (Dec. 10) at Hynes Athletics Center in New Rochelle, N.Y. Simmons shot 8-of-18 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line to lead Ohio. He also added four assists and three rebounds in 40 minutes of work.
Jonathan Williams, Toledo, G
Senior. Southfield, MI (Southfield-Lathrup)
Williams averaged 28.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists to help the Rockets nearly register a pair of wins last week. Williams scored a career-high 29 points and tied his career high with six assists in UT's 73-65 win over Detroit Mercy on Wednesday. He then followed that up with a 28-point, nine-rebound effort in a 111-105 (OT) loss at Marshall. In the Rockets' loss at Marshall, Williams registered a season-high five three-point field goals in nine attempts.
Reggie Jones, Western Michigan, G/F
Freshman, Marion, Ind. (Marion)
Jones poured in 20 second-half points to lead Western Michigan to a 74-67 victory over visiting James Madison Saturday at University Arena. Jones finished with a career-high 24 points and eight rebounds, both of which were game highs. He added three assists and a steal. WMU trailed by seven, 59-52, with 5:34 remaining in the contest. Jones scored 17 of WMUâ€™s final 22 points, all with under four minutes left to play. During that stretch, Jones was 3-for-3 from the floor and went 11-for-12 from the free-throw line. He also had a pair of rebounds and a critical steal. With his team leading by three with five seconds to go Jones was intentionally fouled. A technical foul to the James Madison bench followed and as a result, Jones was awarded four free throws. He stepped up to hit all four to seal the WMU victory.