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This Week in WAC Men's Basketball - March 23

This Week in WAC Men's Basketball - March 23

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THREE OF SEVEN WAC TEAMS STILL ALIVE IN POSTSEASON PLAY
Seven of the nine WAC teams (78 percent) participated in postseason play this year. No. 12-seed NM State earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and fell by one point to fifth-seeded Auburn. California Baptist, Grand Canyon and Utah Valley accepted invitations to the 16-team College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Utah Valley is still alive in the tournament and travels to South Florida on Monday, March 25. Meanwhile, CSU Bakersfield, Seattle U and UT Rio Grande Valley accepted invitations to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). CSUB and UTRGV won their first-round matchups. CSUB plays at Southern Utah on Monday, while UTRGV hosts Texas Southern also on Monday.

NM STATE DROPS HEARTBREAKER TO AUBURN IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
With No. 5 seed Auburn leading 78-76 in the waning seconds, NM State's AJ Harris had an open layup that would have tied the game but instead dished outside to Terrell Brown for a three-pointer. Brown was fouled and went to the free throw line where he missed the first, made the second and missed the third, with the ball bouncing off Auburn on the rebound. Possession went to the Aggies (30-5), but Trevelin Queen missed a corner three just before the buzzer and the Tigers (27-9) held on for a 78-77 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City Thursday.

Johnny McCants led the Aggies with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting to go along with seven rebounds. Queen added 14 points, including four three-pointers, six assists and five boards. Ivan Aurrecoechea was just shy of a double-double, finishing with 13 points and nine boards. Brown tallied 12 points.

NM State shot 49 percent from the floor, 28 percent from downtown and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Aggies out-rebounded Auburn 39-24, but committed 16 turnovers.

CSU BAKERSFIELD DEFEATS CAL STATE FULLERTON TO ADVANCE IN CIT
CSU Bakersfield survived a Cal State Fullerton rally and held on for a 66-58 win over the Titans in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on March 21.

James Suber was named Riley Wallace Classic MVP after he posted his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Jarkel Joiner added 17 points, while Taze Moore finished with 11.

Neither team shot the ball well. CSU Bakersfield shot just 32 percent from the field, 23 percent from downtown and 83 percent from the charity stripe. Fullerton connected on 36 percent from the floor, 26 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line on the game. The Runners out-rebounded the Titans 44-37.

UTRGV DEFEATS GRAMBLING STATE TO ADVANCE IN CIT
Terry Winn III hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining to put the Vaqueros up by one and Grambling State's layup as time expired rimmed out as UTRGV defeated the Tigers 74-73 in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament March 20. The win was UTRGV's first-ever NCAA Division I postseason victory and came in front of a crowd of 2,071.

Tyson Smith led a group of five UTRGV players in double-digit scoring with 19 points to go along with seven assists. Lesley Varner II and Javon Levi added 14 each and Winn III and Jackson finished with 10 apiece. Winn III and Varner II grabbed six rebounds each, while Levi also dished out seven assists and nabbed three steals on the night.

UTRGV shot 46 percent from the floor, 41 percent from three-point range and 69 percent from the free throw line on the game. Grambling connected on a 56 percent clip from the field, 58 percent from downtown and 80 percent from the charity stripe. The Tigers out-rebounds the Vaqueros 32-28, but committed 15 turnovers on the game compared to UTRGV's eight.

UTAH VALLEY DEFEATS CSUN TO ADVANCE IN CBI
Utah Valley out-rebounded CSUN 49-34 en route to a 92-84 win in the first round of the of the College Basketball Invitational March 19 at the UCCU Center.

WAC Player of the Year Jake Toolson led Utah Valley with 21 points, while Baylee Steele added a double-double of a career-high 19 points and 16 rebounds. Isaiah White and Richard Harward added 15 points each.

Utah Valley shot 45 percent from the floor, 38 percent from three-point range and 78 percent from the free throw line. CSUN connected on 41 percent from the field, 25 percent from beyond the arc and 65 percent from the line.

SEATTLE U FALLS TO PRESBYTERIAN IN CIT
Seattle U's Myles Carter had a chance to tie the game with six seconds remaining, but his three-pointer was off the mark and the Redhawks fell 73-68 to Presbyterian in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament March 20. The Redhawks close the season at 18-15.

Terrell Brown led Seattle U with a double-double of a game-high 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Riley Grigsby added 12 points and Matej Kavas finished with 11.

The Redhawks shot 42 percent from the floor, 33 percent from three-point range and 63 percent from the free throw line on the game. Presbyterian connected on 47 percent from the floor, 38 percent from downtown and 73 percent from the line. Seattle U dominated the glass, 45-30, including 17-6 on the offensive end, but committed 13 turnovers to Presbyterian's six.

CBU FALLS TO LMU IN CBI FIRST ROUND
Jeremy Smith had a chance to win the game, but his three-pointer as time expired rimmed out and California Baptist fell to Loyola Marymount 56-55 in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational March 20. The Lancers finish their first Division I season 16-15.

The Lancers shot 31.9 percent from the field on the game, their second-lowest field goal percentage of the season, and just 31.8 percent from three-point range, but connected on 18-of-19 (94.7 percent) from the free throw line. LMU shot 37 percent from the floor, 23 percent from downtown and 88 percent from the charity stripe. The Lancers out-rebounded the Lions 39-33, but committed 15 turnovers to LMU's five.

Milan Acquaah posted his fourth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Heading also finished with 13 points, while Smith chipped in 11. Dejon Davis grabbed a game-high 13 boards.

GCU FALLS AT WEST VIRGINIA IN CBI FIRST ROUND
Grand Canyon's season came to an end with a 77-63 loss to West Virginia in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) March 20. The Lopes close the season at 20-14.

Oscar Frayer led the Lopes with 13 points, while Damari Milstead added 12. Alessandro Lever pulled down a team-high eight boards.

Grand Canyon shot 40 percent from the floor, 31 percent from three-point range and just 57 percent from the free throw line on the game. The Mountaineers connected on 41 percent from the field, 27 percent from downtown and made 13-of-18 of their free throws. West Virginia dominated the glass, 49-36.

NM STATE'S CHRIS JANS SELECTED AS NABC DISTRICT 6 COACH OF THE YEAR
NM State's Chris Jans was named National Associational of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 6 Coach of the Year as selected by his peers.

The WAC Coach of the Year, Jans led NM State to a program-record 30-5 mark, the WAC regular-season and WAC Tournament titles and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The 12th-seeded Aggies fell 78-77 to No. 5 seed Auburn in the first round Thursday, snapping a 19-game winning-streak that goes down as the third-longest streak in program history.

Jans is also a finalist for the Hugh Durham Award presented annually to the nation's top mid-major coach. In 2015, he was chosen by his peers as the NABC's top first-year head coach and was presented with the Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year award.

SIX WAC MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS EARN NABC ALL-REGION HONORS
Six WAC men's basketball players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 Team. CSU Bakersfield's Jarkel Joiner and Utah Valley's Jake Toolson were first team selections, while California Baptist's Milan Acquaah, Grand Canyon's Carlos Johnson, NM State's Terrell Brown and Seattle U's Myles Carter were named to the second team.

Joiner, a first team All-WAC honoree, averages 16.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He ranks second in the WAC in scoring and had 11 games with 20 or more points this season. Joiner was named WAC Player of the Week once this season.

The WAC Player of the Year, Toolson averages 15.9 points per game. He leads the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (44.7) and ranks third in both field goal percentage (53.9) and free throw percentage (85.1). Toolson had 10 games with 20 or more points this season and was named WAC Player of the Week once.

Acquaah was the WAC Newcomer of the Year and a first team All-WAC selection after leading the league in scoring (19.0), ranking second in steals (1.6), fourth in free throw percentage (85.0) and ninth in assists (3.4). He had two games with 30 or more points and 18 games with 20 or more points this season. Acquaah was a two-time WAC Player of the Week.

Johnson was a second team All-WAC selection and was named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team after averaging 14.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He was named to the WAC All-Tournament team last week after averaging 25.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game over the three games.

Brown was a first team All-WAC selection and was named to the WAC All-Newcomer team after averaging 11.3 points per game. He ranks second in the WAC in three-point percentage (43.1) and sixth in three-pointers per game (2.0). Brown was named to the WAC All-Tournament team last week after averaging 13.7 points on 55 percent shooting, including 64 percent from three-point range, and 3.0 assists per game over the three games.

Carter was named to the WAC All-Defensive Team after leading the WAC in blocks (1.8) and ranking second in rebounding (7.9). He posted a WAC-best 10 double-doubles on the season and had 11 games with 10 or more rebounds. Carter is a two-time WAC Player of the Week and ranks 48th nationally in blocks (58).

The teams were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I.

NM STATE WINS WAC TOURNAMENT
After defeating eighth-seeded Chicago State 86-49 in the first round and beating No. 4-seed UT Rio Grande Valley 79-72 in the semifinals, NM State posted the largest margin of victory in a championship game in the history of the WAC Tournament with an 89-57 win over third-seeded Grand Canyon to earn its ninth tournament title.

All-Tournament Team
Terrell Brown, NM State
Carlos Johnson, Grand Canyon
Tyson Smith, UT Rio Grande Valley
Conner Toolson, Utah Valley
MVP: Trevelin Queen, NM State

FIVE WAC TOURNAMENT RECORDS BROKEN
Five WAC Tournament records were broken, all by NM State. The Aggies set the WAC Tournament record for largest winning margin in their victory over Chicago State at 37 points. NM State also broke the tournament records for three-pointers made (17) and attempted (39) in its game against Grand Canyon and set new tournament records for three-pointers made (39) and attempted (102) over three games.

ALL-WAC HONORS ANNOUNCED
Utah Valley's Jake Toolson headlined 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 after dropping their WAC season opener.

NM STATE'S JANS, UTAH VALLEY'S POPE FINALISTS FOR HUGH DURHAM AWARD
NM State's Chris Jans and Utah Valley's Mark Pope are among the 25 finalists for the 2019 Hugh Durham Award. The award is presented annually to the nation's top mid-major coach.

The WAC Coach of the Year, Jans led the Aggies to their fourth WAC regular-season title in the last five years. NM State went 15-1 in WAC play and is receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25.

Pope has led the Wolverines to a school-record 24 wins and back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history. Utah Valley is led by WAC Player of the Year Jake Toolson.

In eight seasons as the head coach at Jacksonville University, Durham became the Dolphins' all-time winningest Division I coach (106 wins), making him the only coach in NCAA history to be the winningest coach (percentage or wins) at three different Division I schools. He built national programs at Florida State where he holds the record for best winning percentage with a 230-95 (.708) record in 12 years and at Georgia where he is also the all-time winningest coach in the 99-year history of the Bulldog program, having won 297 games in 17 seasons.

The recipient will be announced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event in Minneapolis, site of the 2019 Final Four.

UTRGV'S HILL FINALIST FOR BEN JOBE AWARD
UT Rio Grande Valley men's basketball head coach Lew Hill is a finalist for the 2019 Ben Jobe award, presented annually to the top minority coach in Division I men's basketball. The recipient will be announced on April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event in Minneapolis, site of the 2019 Final Four.

Hill guided UTRGV to its best-ever finish in WAC play, going 9-7 en route to the No. 4 seed in the WAC Tournament. UTRGV currently has 19 wins, the program's winningest season in 11 years and tied for the 13th-winningest season in program history.

UTRGV is having one of the best defensive seasons in program history, forcing a program record 588 turnovers while grabbing a program record 327 steals. UTRGV is in the top six in the NCAA of four defensive categories, ranking third in steals (327), fourth in turnovers forced (17.71), fifth in steals per game (9.5) and sixth in turnover margin (4.9). UTRGV also leads the nation in free throws made (616) and ranks third in attempts (885).

An icon in the history of basketball at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Jobe is best known as the head coach of the Southern University, a position he held for 12 seasons. His record at Southern was 209-141 and included four NCAA Tournament appearances. He also coached the Jaguars to one NIT appearance, five SIAC championships, 11 SWAC titles and two NAIA Tournament Championships. Perhaps his most memorable moment as a coach was Southern's 93-78 win over Georgia Tech in the first round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. It stands as one of the great upsets in the history of the event.

WAC QUICK HITS
During the WAC Tournament, UTRGV broke the program record for steals in a season set in 1977-78. The Vaqueros now have 333 this year ... 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 231. He also ranks first in games played (128), seventh in assists (340) and eighth in points (1,487) ... NM State's Eli Chuha became the third active WAC player to surpass 1,000 career points on Feb. 23 against UTRGV. He closed his career with 1,047 career points and 702 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 ... 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). Its 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 Javon 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 ... NM State 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 ... 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 ... 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 (78.1), scoring defense (64.4), scoring margin (13.6), three-point field goal percentage defense (33.4), rebounding (38.4), rebounding defense (28.7), rebounding margin (9.7), assists (14.7), assist-turnover ratio (1.2) and three-pointers per game (9.3), while California Baptist is tops in free throw percentage (78.8) and defensive rebounds (27.6). Seattle U leads the WAC in field goal percentage defense (40.8) and blocks (3.6), while UT Rio Grande Valley is tops in steals (9.3) and turnover margin (4.9). Utah Valley leads the WAC in field goal percentage (48.4) and three-point field goal percentage (38.4) and CSU Bakersfield is tops in offensive rebounds (14.7).

Individually, California Baptist's Milan Acquaah leads the WAC in scoring (19.0), while teammate Dejon Davis is tops in rebounding (9.2) and defensive rebounds (6.3). NM State's Eli Chuha leads the league in field goal percentage (66.1), while CSU Bakersfield's Rickey Holden is tops in free throw percentage (85.4) and teammate James Suber leads the WAC in offensive rebounds (3.7). Utah Valley's Jake Toolson leads the WAC in three-point percentage (44.7), while Kansas City's Rob Whitfield is tops in three-pointers per game (2.6). UTRGV's Javon Levi leads the WAC in assists (5.5), steals (2.8) and assist-turnover ratio (2.8). Seattle U's Myles Carter is tops in blocked shots (1.8) and teammate Morgan Means leads the league in minutes per game (35.4).

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).

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

9th

44.5

Damiyne Durham

CSU Bakersfield

Three-point field goals made

12th

316

Javon Levi

UTRGV

Steals/game

14th

2.06

Eli Chuha

NM State

Double-Doubles

38th

22

Damiyne Durham

CSU Bakersfield

Field goals attempted

38th

1,407

Eli Chuha

NM State

Field goal percentage

43rd

58.4

Jake Toolson

Utah Valley

Free throw percentage

46th

85.1

Javon Levi

UTRGV

Assists/game

49th

4.69

Rob Whitfield

Kansas City

Three-point field goals/game

49th

2.63

Rob Whitfield

Kansas City

Three-point field goal percentage

49th

41.8

Jordan Heading

California Baptist

Three-point field goals attempted

50th

626


THREE WAC PLAYERS RANK IN WAC CAREER RECORDS FOR WAC GAMES
Three WAC players left their marks in the WAC career record books for WAC games only. NM State's Johnny McCants and Eli Chuha rank in the Top 10 for career field goal percentage in WAC games only. The sophomore McCants is currently first in field goal percentage with a 65.2 clip in WAC games, while Chuha closed out his career with a 62.2 field goal percentage in WAC play, good for third all-time. Meanwhile, WAC Player of the Year Jake Toolson finished his career ranked tied for seventh with an 85.7 free throw percentage in WAC games.

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