OVC Players of the Week
Nick Mayo, F • 6-9, 250, Sr. • Oakland, Maine • Eastern Kentucky
In two games last week Mayo averaged 33.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.0 steals/game while hitting 45.7 percent (21-of-46) from the field and 95.2 percent (20-of-21) from the free throw line. In a season-opening loss to Marshall, Mayo had 26 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in 33 minutes of action. His 15 rebounds were the most by an EKU player since February 2004. In that game he hit 9-of-23 field goals and 8-of-8 free throws while also blocking three shots. Mayo followed that by scoring a career-high 40 points in a road win over Chattanooga. He scored 35 of his 40 points in the second half, including 27 in the final 9:45, as EKU overcame an 11-point deficit with 11:28 to play. Mayo became the first EKU player to score 40 points in a game since February 2001; the 40 points are the fourth-most by a Division I player this season. The senior hit 12-of-23 shots and 12-of-13 free throws while pulling down 12 rebounds and blocking two shots against the Mocs.
Others Nominated: Terry Taylor, Austin Peay; Dylan Windler, Belmont; Jordan Walker, Morehead State, Ja Morant, Murray State; David McFarland, SIUE; Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey, Tennessee State; Delfincko Bogan, UT Martin.
Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey, G • 6-4, 191, R-Jr. • Memphis, Tenn. • Tennessee State
Fitzpatrick-Dorsey, the transfer from Ole Miss, scored a game-high 26 points in his season debut at reigning Atlantic Sun Champion Lipscomb. The junior hit 8-of-14 field goals, 3-of-4 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throws in 31 minutes of action. He also added six rebounds, a block and a steal for the Tigers. The 26 points were the most in his collegiate career (besting a 16-point outing while at Ole Miss).
Others Nominated: Jabari McGhee, Austin Peay, Rade Kukobat, Eastern Illinois; Kelvin Robinson, Eastern Kentucky; Kevin Little, UT Martin.
Tevin Brown, G • 6-5, 180, R-Fr. • Fairhope, Ala. • Murray State
Brown became just the seventh freshman to start the opening game of the season for Murray State since 2000. Brown made the most of that honor, hitting 6-of-12 field goals, including 5-of-9 3-pointers on his way to 17 points in a 73-54 win over Wright State. Brown added five rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes of action.
Others Nominated: Grayson Murphy, Belmont; Jomaru Brown, Eastern Kentucky; Hunter Vick, Tennessee Tech.