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Eric Washington, Miami
Sr., Guard, Columbia, S.C. (Keenan)
Washington spearheaded Miami to a pair of wins last week as the RedHawks took down MAC-leader Akron on Tuesday and then led from start to finish against Kent State, tied for second in the league standings, on Saturday. Washington had a superb game against the Zips, notching 13 points, seven assists, five steals and four rebounds in 36 minutes of action. He committed just one turnover for the game while shooting 66.7 percent from the field as the RedHawks notched a 77-64 win against Akron and amassed their most points in a game this season. He followed that with a 16-point performance to lead five RedHawks to score in double figures as Miami topped Kent State, 74-65. He added three assists, one steal and five rebounds against KSU. For the week, Washington averaged 14.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.0 apg and 3.0 spg while shooting a team-leading 66.7 percent from the field and knocking down 75.0 percent of his free throws attempts.
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Nathan Boothe, Toledo
Sr., Center, Gurnee, Ill. (Warren Township)
Senior Nathan Boothe led the Rockets in scoring in both games this past week with a pair of 23-point outings vs. Ball State and Central Michigan. Boothe tallied 23 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals to lead the Rockets to a 77-67 win over first-place Ball State. Boothe followed that up with a 23-point, seven-rebound, five-assist and one-steal performance in a 76-74 loss to CMU.
John Simons, Central Michigan
Sr., Forward, Cadillac, Mich. (Cadillac)
Simons contributed standout performances, averaging 18 points and 8.5 rebounds, in wins over Northern Illinois and Toledo in leading Central Michigan to the MAC West's only 2-0 record for the week. In a 76-64 victory over NIU on Tuesday, Simons scored a game-high 17 points, on 50% shooting overall and from long range and was 6-for-6 from the line, to go along with a team-best eight rebounds. On Saturday, Simons was key in a close road win at Toledo, totaling 19 points and a game-high nine rebounds. He shot 56% (5-9) overall and 57% from 3-point range (4-7) and was again 100% (5-5) from the free throw line. With his 19 points versus the Rockets, Simons moved into 13th place on CMU career scoring list, ahead of all-time Chippewa great Chris Kaman. Simons currently ranks third in the MAC with 70 3-pointers and, with a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game average, is in line to become the only player in CMU history to lead his team in rebounding all four years of his career.