Cameron Payne, G • So., 6-2, 180 • Memphis, Tenn. • Murray State
Payne earned his third OVC Player of the Week honor of the season after scoring 22 points and dishing out seven assists in Murray State’s 83-71 road victory over Southern Illinois. It marked the Racers seventh-straight victory overall and was the first in Carbondale since 1990 (breaking a four-game skid at SIU). Payne was 6-of-13 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and was a perfect 7-of-7 at the charity stripe. In addition to his seven assists he had two steals and a rebound. Payne currently ranks second in the OVC in scoring (19.1 points/game), assists (5.6/game) and steals (2.6/game).
Others Nominated: Luke Piotrowski, Eastern Illinois; D.J. Felder, Jacksonville State; Josiah Moore, Tennessee Tech.
Arkeem Joseph, C • Jr., 6-9, 280 • Brooklyn, N.Y. • UT Martin
Joseph, a transfer from Monroe College, had season bests with 12 points and seven rebounds in UT Martin’s road game at Butler last week. The junior also played a season-high 32 minutes in hitting 5-of-8 (62.5%) field goals and also adding a blocked shot for the Skyhawks.
Others Nominated: Trae Anderson, Eastern Illinois; Denzel Richardson, Eastern Kentucky; Justin Seymour, Murray State; Jake Newton, Jr., SIUE; Torrance Rowe, Tennessee Tech.
Aleksa Jugovic, G • Fr., 6-3, 185 • Leskovac, Serbia • Tennessee Tech
Jugovic had 11 points and a season-high six assists as Tennessee Tech went to UMKC and won 81-60, marking its largest non-conference road win since 1982. Jugovic came off the bench to hit 3-of-7 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws in 27 minutes of action. In addition to his six assists he also added three rebounds and a steal.
North Florida at Tennessee Tech, 6:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Morehead State at Central Arkansas, 7:00 p.m.
Tennessee State at TCU, 7:00 p.m.
Eastern Kentucky at Coppin State, 12:00 p.m.
Maryland-Eastern Shore at UT Martin, 6:30 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Alabama A&M at Murray State, 7:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Wednesday, December 31
North Florida at Austin Peay, 2:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Kennesaw State at Tennessee State, 7:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Crowley’s Ridge at UT Martin, 1:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
*Jacksonville State at SIUE, 1:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
*Southeast Missouri at Belmont, 1:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
*Tennessee Tech at Eastern Illinois, 3:15 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
Austin Peay at Ole Miss, 1:00 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
*Jacksonville State at Eastern Illinois, 3:15 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
South Carolina State at Eastern Kentucky, 6:00 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
*Tennessee Tech at SIUE, 6:30 p.m. (FOX Sports Midwest)
*Murray State at Morehead State, 6:30 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)
*Southeast Missouri at Tennessee State, 7:30 p.m. (OVC Digital Network)