The first week of the year is in the books and several players had notable performances. Some players had some nice numbers, but didn’t make the list because I couldn’t over look some major deficits, like high turnovers in a loss.
CJ Massinburg, Buffalo Bulls
The 6’3 junior guard from Dallas had a big game against the Rockets, scoring 27. It was 3rd straight game with 20 or more points, and 9th on the season. He was 7-13 from the floor, 3-6 from three, and a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line.
In his follow up, the Bulls got a huge win against Ball State. Massinburg only scored 13, but still managed to hit half his shots from the floor. A sign of a truly great player is that they help their team beyond scoring, and CJ grabbed 7 rebounds, dished 5 dimes, had a block, and three steals, while only committing 1 turnover.
Antwon Lillard and Demajeo Wiggins, BGSU
The Bowling Green duo each had a pair of nice games as the Falcons lost a close one against Miami and then knocked off Eastern Michigan in overtime.
Lillard was eased back into the lineup after missing 9 games. Until this week, he only hit more than 20 minutes once, 22 in an overtime game against Green Bay. This week he hit 30 against Miami, and then 43 in the EMU game. In that game, he scored 20, grabbed 12 rebounds and had 5 assists. In the Miami loss, he scored 15. In the two games, he shot a combined 14-23 from the floor.
Wiggins had 18 and 5 against Miami, on 7-10 shooting. He also hit 4-5 from the line. Against EMU, he scored 15 and grabbed 11 boards.
Mike Laster, Ohio Bobcats
The 6’5 senior from Detroit had arguably the best game of the week, scoring 31 on 10 of 12 shooting, 5-6 from beyond the arch in the win against Northern Illinois. In the loss against CMU, the Bobcats only managed 50 points. Laster had 19 of them on 8-14 shooting.
For the week, he shot 18-24, hitting an amazing 75% of his shots.
Josh Davis, Western Michigan Broncos
In the win against Miami, Davis hit a double double, with 10 points and 11 rebounds. While that was a nice game, I had to include him on this list for his game against Akron, where he scored 26 and had 7 rebounds. He shot 10-10 from the floor. Perfection is always nice.
Tre’Shaun Fletcher, Toledo Rockets
In the loss to Buffalo, Fletcher scored 27 points on 10-14 shooting. In the win against Akron, he scored 14 while grabbing 10 rebounds, and dishing 4 assists. The Colorado transfer is averaging 17.8 points and 8.5 rebounds on the season.