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This Week in WAC Men's Basketball - March 12

This Week in WAC Men's Basketball - March 12

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SEATTLE U'S BROWN NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Seattle U sophomore guard Terrell Brown has been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of March 4-10. This is his second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and of his career.

The Seattle native averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists as the Redhawks closed out the regular season with a pair of overtime wins. On Thursday, Brown tallied his sixth double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in a 63-57 overtime victory against CSU Bakersfield. He was key down the stretch, sinking two free throws with four seconds remaining in regulation, then hauling down four defensive boards in the extra frame to secure the win. On Saturday against Grand Canyon, he had just two points in the first 30 minutes of play, but went on to score 19 of the Redhawks' final 35 points, including 14 during a 16-8 Redhawk run. Brown finished with a team-high 21 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists.

Other nominees included: California Baptist's Jordan Heading averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists and became the program record holder for three-pointers in a career ... Rickey Holden of CSU Bakersfield averaged 13.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists over two games last week ... Grand Canyon's Carlos Johnson averaged 18.5 points, 3.0 steals, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game last week ... Jordan Giles of Kansas City tied a season high with 17 points to go with nine rebounds, two steals and one block in a win at Chicago State ... NM State's Trevelin Queen helped guide the Aggies to their 16th-straight win to wrap up the regular-season with 19 points in 14 minutes of play on 7-of-8 shooting with four rebounds, two assists and two steals ... Javon Levi of UT Rio Grande Valley finished with 17 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in a three-point loss to California Baptist ... Utah Valley's Conner Toolson led the Wolverines to their sixth and seventh wins in a row last week averaging 20.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

ALL-WAC HONORS ANNOUNCED
Utah Valley's Jake Toolson headlines the All-WAC teams, earning WAC Player of the Year honors, while UT Rio Grande Valley's Javon Levi was named WAC Defensive Player of the Year. California Baptist's Milan Acquaah was named WAC Newcomer of the Year, Utah Valley's Wyatt Lowell earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors and NM State's Chris Jans repeated as Don Haskins WAC Coach of the Year.

Toolson was named WAC Player of the Year after posting five games with 20 or more points in WAC play. In conference games, he ranked third in the WAC in three-point percentage (47.4), free throw percentage (87.3) and three-pointers per game (2.3), fourth in both scoring (16.7) and field goal percentage (54.0) and sixth in minutes per game (33.8). Toolson was named WAC Player of the Week once this season.

Levi earned WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors after setting the all-time WAC records for steals in a season in WAC play (54) and steals per game (3.4) in WAC play. He averaged 2.0 more steals per game than any other player in conference games. Levi was twice named WAC Player of the Week this season.

Acquaah is the WAC Newcomer of the Year after posting eight games with 20 or more points in league action. In WAC play, he ranked second in the league in scoring (17.3), fourth in free throw percentage (87.2) and three-pointers per game (2.2), sixth in steals (1.4), seventh in minutes per game (33.4), ninth in assists (3.4) and 10th in assist-turnover ratio (0.9). He was a two-time WAC Player of the Week.

Lowell earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors after leading all WAC freshmen in scoring (5.4), rebounding (3.0) and steals (0.5) in WAC play. He scored in double-digits in WAC games three times.

Jans repeated as WAC Coach of the Year after leading the Aggies to their fourth WAC regular-season title in the last five years. NM State is currently 27-4 overall and went 15-1 in WAC play. The Aggies have won 16 straight games and are receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

NM STATE WINS WAC REGULAR-SEASON TITLE
NM State won its second-straight WAC regular-season title and fifth since joining the conference for the 2005-06 season. The Aggies won 15 straight WAC games since dropping their WAC season opener.

WAC QUICK HITS
On March 7 at UT Rio Grande Valley, California Baptist's Jordan Heading claimed the school record for three pointers made in a career, that now stands at 228. He also ranks tied for first in games played (127), seventh in assists (340) and eighth in points (1,474) ... UTRGV needs two steals to tie the program record (315) for steals in a season set in 1977-78 ... NM State's Eli Chuha became the third active WAC player to surpass 1,000 career points on Feb. 23 against UTRGV. He now has 1,014 career points and 681 career rebounds ... For the seventh time this season, UTRGV came back from a double-digit deficit, this time from down 12 with 6:01 remaining, to beat Kansas City 75-70 on March 2 ... Grand Canyon's Michael Finke posted his first double-double of the season and just the fourth of his career with a team-high 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds against CSU Bakersfield on March 2 ... Kansas City's Xavier Bishop became the 12th Roo to surpass 1,000 career points at the 7:09 mark of the second half against NM State on Feb. 28. He is the fourth active player in the WAC to join the 1,000 point club ... GCU's Michael Finke scored a career-best 38 points, including a career-high six three-pointers, vs. Eastern New Mexico on Feb. 27 ... UTRGV finished 6-2 in WAC road games, breaking the 14-year-old program record for conference road wins (5-4 in the Sun Belt in 1994-95). UTRGV is now 8-7 on the road this season, the team's highest road win total since 1975-76 (8-3). With 18 wins, UTRGV has its highest overall win total since 2007-08 (18-13) and the nine conference wins are the program's most since 1994-95 ... On Feb. 21, Grand Canyon used a 30-4 second half run to defeat California Baptist ... When NM State defeated Seattle U on Feb. 16, it was Chris Jans' 50th victory at the helm making him the fastest head coach to 50 wins in program history ... NM State's Trevelin Queen blocked six shots against Seattle U on Feb. 16, the most by an Aggie since Pascal Siakam had seven against CSUB in 2016 ... UTRGV's Levi nabbed a career-high seven steals on Feb. 14 vs. Seattle U ... Kansas City outscored Grand Canyon 16-4 in overtime on Feb. 14 to snap a six-game losing skid against the Lopes ... When California Baptist defeated Chicago State 94-44 on Feb. 7, it was the largest margin of victory in a WAC game in the 57-year history of the league ... Grand Canyon dropped its first two home games of the season on Feb. 7 to UTRGV and Feb. 9 to NM State, snapping a nine-game home winning streak ... UTRGV defeated Chicago State 77-46 on Jan. 31. The 31-point margin of victory was UTRGV's largest margin of victory ever in a conference game ... Grand Canyon's Carlos Johnson scored a team-best 20 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and hit 10-of-11 free throws in just 23 minutes of action as GCU handed CSU Bakersfield its first home loss of the 2018-19 season on Feb. 2 ... UTRGV had 11 three-pointers against both UMKC and Chicago State and it was the first time UTRGV has reached double figures in three-pointers in back-to-back WAC games since joining the league in 2013 ... CSU Bakersfield's Jarkel Joiner set the program single-game Division I records for points (34) and field goals made (14) against California Baptist on Jan. 24 ... GCU's Johnson scored a career-high 26 points in just 18 minutes at California Baptist on Jan. 26, scoring 18 consecutive points for the Lopes in the second half, including 12 unanswered points ... Kansas City's Bishop, who finished with 22 points, scored six-straight points late in the second half against Seattle U on Jan. 26 after his team led by just one and ignited a game-ending 11-3 scoring run to seal the victory ... NM State's ended Utah Valley's 22-game home win streak, the second-best active home win streak in the nation, when it defeated the Wolverines on Jan. 19 ... Down 53-49 with seven minutes left on Jan. 19, UTRGV used a 10-0 run to beat Seattle U 67-62 for its first-ever victory at Seattle U in six tries ... Seattle U's Myles Carter posted career highs of 28 points and 15 rebounds against UTRGV on Jan. 19 ... Utah Valley's Jake Toolson tied the school record for consecutive free throws made with 41 before missing one against the Aggies on Jan. 19 ... On Jan. 17, CSUB's Joiner was fouled on the last shot of the game with CSUB trailing UMKC by two points and sank all three free throws to clinch the victory ... After UTRGV went down 16 at California Baptist on Jan. 5, Tyson Smith scored 18 of his career-high 21 points over the final 24 minutes to secure the victory ... CBU's Milan Acquaah scored a career-high 36 points in a win over preseason favorite NM State on Jan. 3 ... CBU picked up the 1,000th victory in the history of the program by defeating La Verne 97-46 on Dec. 29 ... Utah Valley handed Fresno State its first home loss of the season in a 64-60 victory on Dec. 29 and notched its best non-conference mark (11-4) in school history ... UVU's Conner Toolson scored his 1,000th career point in his team's win over Sam Houston State on Dec. 22 to become the second active player in the WAC with 1,000 career points ... CSUB's Joiner grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds on Dec. 18 against Cal Poly ... Grand Canyon's Alessandro Lever scored a career-high 26 points vs. Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 22 ... UTRGV scored 26 points off of 18 turnovers to beat McNeese State 68-64 on Dec. 22 ... CSUB's Rickey Holden dished out a career-high nine assists against Lamar on Dec. 13 ... Utah Valley's Jake Toolson grabbed a career-high 12 boards at Weber State on Dec. 15 when the Wolverines won for the first-ever time in Ogden ... CSUB's James Suber grabbed a career-high 19 boards against UC Merced on Dec. 4, two shy of the CSUB single-game record, and scored a career-high 20 points at Idaho on Dec. 8 ... Chicago State's Anthony Harris scored a career-high 27 points against Trinity Christian ... Kansas City won two-straight true road non-conference games (at Fort Wayne and at South Dakota) for the first time since 2010 ... On Dec. 5 against North Dakota, UTRGV grabbed 21 steals, the third-highest single-game total in program history. UTRGV also forced 30 turnovers ... Chicago State won three-straight games for the first time in more than five years from Nov. 29-Dec. 6 ... NM State defeated Washington State on Dec. 1 to take down its first Power-5 program at home since 2002 ... Kansas City's Rob Whitfield scored a career-high 23 points and drained a career-high seven three-pointers in a win at Fort Wayne on Dec. 1. He also dished out a career-best six assists ... Chicago State's Rob Shaw posted his first career double-doubles in back-to-back games with 18 points and 10 assists against East-West and 14 points and a career-high 11 assists against Eastern Illinois ... On Dec. 1, UTRGV beat UT Arlington for the first time since Nov. 27, 2006, and won in Arlington for the first time since Jan. 11, 1989 ... CBU's Acquaah was named to the Continental Tire Las Vegas Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team ... GCU's Lever was named to the Wooden Legacy All-Tournament Second Team ... Seattle U's Morgan Means scored a career-high 26 points, including a career-high six three-pointers, against Denver on Nov. 23 ... Kansas City's Bishop scored a career-high 28 points against Eastern Washington on Nov. 17 ... CSUB's Damiyne Durham was named to the all-tournament team at the Junkanoo Jam ... NM State's AJ Harris scored a career-high 31 points on 9-of-11 shooting at New Mexico on Nov. 17. He was 6-for-6 from beyond the arc as first Aggie to be perfect from three-point range (min. 5) since Jahmar Young on Dec. 23, 2009 ... UTRGV's Lesley Varner II posted his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Prairie View A&M on Nov. 14 ... CSUB's Holden did not miss a shot (8-for-8) for a team-high 25 points against Antelope Valley on Nov. 9 to tie CSUB's Division I record for field goal percentage ... Grand Canyon had 51 rebounds against Delaware State, the third-most ever in Division I play and just the fifth time it recorded 50+ rebounds in a game ... UTRGV's Greg Bowie II scored a career-high 19 points on Nov. 6 against Texas A&M Commerce ... Utah Valley's Baylee Steele pulled down a school-record 19 rebounds at BYU on Nov. 9.

WAC STAT LEADERS
NM State leads the WAC in scoring defense (64.6), scoring margin (12.9), rebounding (38.1), rebounding defense (29.1), rebounding margin (9.0) and assist-turnover ratio (1.2), while California Baptist is tops in scoring (78.3), free throw percentage (78.3), defensive rebounds (27.6) and three-pointers per game (9.3). UT Rio Grande Valley leads the WAC in three-point field goal percentage defense (32.5), steals (9.5) and turnover margin (5.0), while Seattle U is tops in field goal percentage defense (40.4) and blocks (3.6). Utah Valley leads the WAC in field goal percentage (48.5) and three-point field goal percentage (39.1), CSU Bakersfield is tops in offensive rebounds (14.3) and Grand Canyon leads the league in assists (14.9).

Individually, California Baptist's Milan Acquaah leads the WAC in scoring (19.2), while teammate Dejon Davis is tops in rebounding (9.0) and defensive rebounds (6.2). NM State's Eli Chuha leads the league in field goal percentage (65.1), while Utah Valley's Jake Toolson is tops in free throw percentage (86.9) and three-point percentage (48.5). UTRGV's Javon Levi leads the WAC in assists (5.6), steals (2.9) and assist-turnover ratio (2.9), while Kansas City's Rob Whitfield is tops in three-pointers per game (2.6). CSUB's James Suber leads the WAC in offensive rebounds (3.6), while Seattle U's Myles Carter is tops in blocked shots (1.9) and teammate Morgan Means leads the WAC in minutes per game (35.3).

In WAC games only, NM State led the league in scoring defense (64.4), scoring margin (12.1), field goal percentage defense (41.3), rebounding defense (28.6), rebounding margin (8.8), assists (14.8), assist-turnover ratio (1.2) and three-pointers per game (9.1), while Utah Valley was tops in scoring (77.6), field goal percentage (48.7) and three-point field goal percentage (40.9). CBU led the league in free throw percentage (79.0) and blocks (3.2), while CSUB was tops in rebounding (37.9) and offensive rebounds (14.7). Grand Canyon led the league in three-point field goal percentage defense (32.5) and defensive rebounds (27.1), while UTRGV was tops in steals (8.9) and turnover margin (4.9). 

Individually in WAC games, CSUB's Jarkel Joiner led the league in scoring (18.6), while CBU's Davis was tops in rebounding (9.3). Utah Valley's Richard Harward led the league in field goal percentage (65.8), while CSUB's Rickey Holden was tops in free throw percentage (89.4) and UVU's Isaiah White led the WAC in three-point percentage (56.0). Levi was tops in assists (6.2), steals (3.4) and assist-turnover ratio (3.0), while Chicago State's Travon Bell led the WAC in three-pointers per game (2.4). CBU's Zach Pirog was tops in blocks (2.1), while Suber led the league in offensive rebounds (4.1) and Grand Canyon's Trey Drechsel was tops in defensive rebounds (6.3). Seattle U's Terrell Brown led the WAC in minutes per game (35.8).

TWO PLAYERS RANK IN TOP 10 IN WAC SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS FOR WAC GAMES
Two players made their way into the WAC single-season record books in WAC play this season. The following are the ranks and categories.

Category Player School Rank
Total steals Javon Levi UT Rio Grande Valley 1st/54
Steal average Javon Levi UT Rio Grande Valley 1st/3.4
Field goal percentage Richard Harward Utah Valley 3rd/65.8


UTRGV'S LEVI APPROACHING MULTIPLE PROGRAM, WAC STEALS RECORDS
With 96 steals this season, UT Rio Grande Valley sophomore Javon Levi needs nine more to tie the program record for steals in a single season (105) set by Mire Chatman in 2001-02. His current total also ranks tied for third in the WAC record books, 12 away from second place. Meanwhile, his 2.90 overall average ranks third in WAC history. Levi also ranks eighth in UTRGV history in career steals with 131.

CSUB'S DURHAM BECOMES WAC'S ALL-TIME THREE-POINT LEADER
In his team's win over Utah Valley on Jan. 5, CSU Bakersfield senior Damiyne Durham drained his 291st career three-pointer to become the WAC all-time leader. Durham surpassed Utah State's Jaycee Carroll (2004-08), who finished his career with 290. Durham now has 316 career long balls, good for 11th in the nation in active career leaders.

SEVEN WAC PLAYERS RANK AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
Seven WAC players rank among the NCAA active career leaders in several statistical categories. The players, schools, categories and rankings are listed below.

Name School Category Rank Amount
Damiyne Durham CSU Bakersfield Three-point field goals attempted 4th 961
Matej Kavas Seattle U Three-point field goal percentage 7th 44.6
Damiyne Durham CSU Bakersfield Three-point field goals made 11th 316
Javon Levi UTRGV Steals/game 12th 2.08
Jake Toolson Utah Valley Free throw percentage 29th 86.1
Jake Toolson Utah Valley Three-point field goal percentage 32nd 42.6
Damiyne Durham CSU Bakersfield Field goals attempted 34th 1,407
Rob Whitfield Kansas City Three-point field goal percentage 36th 42.4
Eli Chuha NM State Double-Doubles 37th 22
Eli Chuha NM State Field goal percentage 42nd 58.1
Jordan Heading California Baptist Three-point field goals attempted 45th 626
Javon Levi UTRGV Assists/game 46th 4.76
Rob Whitfield Kansas City Three-point field goals/game 46th 2.61