January 29, 2013

ECAC Men's Basketball Players of the Week (for the week ending January 27, 2013)

Men’s Basketball (for the week ending January, 27, 2013)

Division I

Co-Players of the Week

Darrun Hilliard – Villanova University
Sophomore, Guard, Bethlehem, Pa.

Hilliard led Villanova to a pair of wins against two top-five opponents last week, marking the first time since the 1985 Final Four that the Wildcats beat back-to-back top-five teams. He averaged 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists while shooting 64.7  percent from the field (11-of-17) in wins against No. 5/5 Louisville (73-64) and No. 3/4 Syracuse (75-71 OT). Hilliard scored 25 points with seven rebounds and six assists without a turnover in the overtime win against the Orange.

Juan’ya Green – Niagara University
Sophomore, Guard, Philadelphia, Pa.

Green averaged 14 points per game, 9.5 assists per game and 7 rebounds per game while setting a career-high in rebounds and tying career-highs in assists, steals and blocks as the Niagara Purple Eagles extended their conference win streak to nine games with wins at Siena and Canisius. He played arguably his best all-around game as a Purple Eagle in the win at Siena on Jan. 25. Green notched his first career double-double with 19 points while tying a career-best 11 assists and had one turnover in 40 minutes, and his career-high nine rebounds left him one board shy of the program's second ever triple-double. Green also tied a career high with two blocks. He ended the game going 4-for-4 at the line, including getting a steal, to help Niagara to a 78-69 win. Green helped the Purple Eagles erase a 10-point second-half deficit to come away with a dramatic win at Canisius on Sunday. He had the assist on the game-winning 3-pointer in the 66-65 win, played in front of a sold-out crowd on ESPN3. Green's game-high eighth assist occurred on the final play of the game with four seconds left. Green had a game-high five steals, which tied a career best, scored nine points and added five rebounds.

Division II

Player of the Week

Jon Breeden – West Chester University
Senior, Guard,
Harrisburg, PA

Breeden scored 18 points in each of West Chester's two road wins last week while averaging 6.5 rebounds per game and 4.0 steals per game. Breeden made 50 percent of his shots from the field and 85.7 percent of his foul shots. He went 5-6 from the line in overtime, making 3 of 4 with :16 left, to lead WCU to the win at Bloomsburg and he scored 12 of his 18 points against Shippensburg in the second half, adding four assists after halftime, to lead WCU to that road win.

Division III – New England

Player of the Week

Ryan Sheehan – Nichols College
Junior, Forward,
North Attleborro, Mass.

Sheehan helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 week, with both victories coming against CCC opponents. In a crucial 119-112 victory over CCC leader Curry, Sheehan netted a game-high 38 points, while shooting 50% from the field (12-of-24). Sheehan also recorded six rebounds and three assists in the seven point victory. In the Bison’s 100-92 victory over Western New England, Sheehan tallied 38 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Sheehan was red hot from the field, shooting 65% (13-of-20), while also shooting 57% from three point territory (4-of-7). On the week, Sheehan averaged 38 points, 5.5 rebounds, three assists, and one steal per game.

Division III – Upstate

Player of the Week

John Ivy – SUNY Brockport
Junior, Guard,
Rochester, N.Y.

John Ivy scored a career-high 32 points in a win over New Paltz to reach the 1,000 point career milestone. Ivy entered the game needing 31 points. He becomes the 22nd player in Brockport history to join the 1,000 point club. Ivy averaged 24.7 points during a three-game winning streak while shooting 50.9 percent. He also averaged three steals per game, including a career-high five against Oneonta.

Division III – Metro

Player of the Week

Bloochy Magloire – College of Staten Island
Junior, Guard,
Staten Island, NY

In the Dolphins’ two conference wins, the junior averaged 26.5 points, five rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.5 blocks and one steal in 39 minutes of play. The guard shot 48.4% (15-31) from the field, 50% (8-16) from behind the arc, and 93.8% from the free-throw line. In a 75-66 win over York, the Staten Island native recorded 28 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Magloire now has 1,156 career points, which places him 22nd all-time at Staten Island. CSI now has an overall record of 14-3, including 9-1 in the CUNY Athletic Conference.

Division III – South

Player of the Week

Mike Marvin – Penn State Abington
Sophomore, Forward,
Horsham, Pa.

Marvin guided the Nittany Lions to three conference victories behind averages of 23.3 points and 11 rebounds per game while shooting 67 percent (31- of-46) from the field. The sophomore forward opened the week with a game-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor to go along with seven boards, two assists and a block in a 78-66 win over Lancaster Bible College on  Wednesday. His hot shooting continued into the weekend, as he hit the game-winning jumper in the Nittany Lions’ thrilling 66-64 road victory over Gallaudet University Saturday and finished with 19 points while going 8-of-11 from the floor and adding five rebounds and a steal. The thrills continued into Sunday, as Marvin helped lead Abington to a 113-105 double- overtime victory over Penn State Harrisburg with a career-high 29 points while tying his season-high in rebounds with 21. Marvin currently leads the NEAC in both points (19.6) and rebounds (12.8) per game and has compiled 14 double-doubles this season, which now gives him 30 for his collegiate career. The Nittany Lions are now 6-3 in conference play and 8-12 overall.