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EKU’s Nick Mayo Named OVC Player of the Week

Eastern Kentucky University big man Nick Mayo was named OVC Player of the Week on Monday.

Mayo averaged 20.5 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks per game in two wins last week.

He also nailed the game-winner against Northern Kentucky:



OVC Players of the Week

PLAYER

Nick Mayo, F • 6-9, 250, Sr. • Oakland, Maine • Eastern Kentucky

In two wins last week Mayo averaged 20.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 1.0 assists/game while hitting 35.7 percent (10-of-28) from the field and 83.3 percent (20-of-24) from the free throw line. For the second time in a week the senior hit the game-winning shot, this time with 0.4 seconds on the clock to top in-state foe Northern Kentucky 76-74. Mayo finished that game with 27 points and 11 rebounds (seven offensive), in recording his fourth double-double of the season. He was 17-of-20 (85.0%) from the charity stripe (the second-most made free throws in a game nationally this season) while also adding four blocks, an assist and steal. He began the week with 14 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and an assist in a victory over USC Upstate. Mayo ranks 11th nationally and first in the OVC in scoring (24.4 points/game) while also ranking first nationally in free throws made (77). Among OVC players he also ranks second in rebounding (9.2/game) and third in free throw percentage (89.5%) and blocks (2.0/game).

Others Nominated: Zach Glotta, Austin Peay; Josiah Wallace, Eastern Illinois; Jason Burnell, Jacksonville State; Shaq Buchanan, Murray State; Brandon Jackson, SIUE; Corey Tillery, Tennessee Tech.

NEWCOMER

Skyler Hogan, G • 6-5, 213, Jr. • Melbourne, Fla. • Southeast Missouri

Hogan, the transfer from Embry-Riddle, averaged 19.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 blocks/game while hitting 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the field and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from 3-point range in a pair of games last week. He scored a season-best 25 points in the team’s 77-57 win at Mississippi Valley State to begin last week. In that game he hit 10-of-16 field goals (5-of-8 3-pointers), dished out four assists, blocked two shots, grabbed two rebounds and had a steal in 35 minutes of action. Despite a stomach illness forced him to come off the bench and play limited minutes against Southern Illinois, Hogan still managed 14 points, four rebounds and an assist in 25 minutes on Saturday. He currently ranks sixth in the OVC in 3-point percentage (45.5%) and seventh in 3-pointers made (2.0/game).

Others Nominated: Jarrett Givens, Austin Peay; Kashawn Charles, Eastern Illinois; Skyler Hogan, Southeast Missouri; Tyresse Williford, SIUE; Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey, Tennessee State; Johnnie Vassar, Tennessee Tech; Preston Parks, UT Martin

FRESHMAN

Nick Muszynski, C • 6-11, 235, Fr. • Pickerington, Ohio • Belmont

In Belmont’s 76-74 win over rival Lipscomb Muszynski had 19 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes of action. The freshman hit 9-of-18 (50%) field goals and connected on his only 3-point attempt in the two-point win. Muszynski scored seven-straight points during a first half run that saw Belmont erase an 11-point deficit. He leads the OVC and ranks second among all freshman nationally with 2.8 blocks/game.

Others Nominated: Ben Harvey, Eastern Illinois; Jomaru Brown, Eastern Kentucky; Tevin Brown, Murray State; Jared Sherfield, Tennessee Tech.

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