CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) men's basketball season heated up in the new year, with conference action in full swing.
Around the League:
Athlete of the Week:
Craig McGee (Loveland, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Junior – McGee scored 23 points with seven rebounds and seven assists as Rose-Hulman knocked off three-time defending HCAC champion Hanover 73-57 in its only game of the week. McGee was 10-of-16 from the field and 2-of-4 from three-point range, also recorded four blocks and two steals, as the Fightin' Engineers won their third straight game overall and improved to 2-2 in HCAC play.
- Maurice Knight (Frankton, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Junior - Knight produced 23 points and nine rebounds in a 67-59 victory against Earlham, which was Anderson's only contest of the week.
- Andrew Renner (Cairo, Ohio) Bluffton University | Guard | Senior - Renner helped the Beavers go 2-1 over the past two weeks, including an 87-78 victory over pre-season HCAC favorite Transylvania on Saturday afternoon when he hit 9-of-16 from the field and 7-of-7 at the line for a game-high 27 points. He just missed out on averaging a double-double for the three games with 19.3 PPG, 9.0 RPG and 3.7 APG.
- Marell Jordan (Lafayette, Ind.) Defiance College | Guard | Sophomore - In two games last week, Jordan averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds off the bench. He shot 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the field, including 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from three-point range for the week.
- Borden Kennedy (Attica, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Senior – Kennedy led the Grizzlies with 18 points and handed out a game-high six assists as Franklin notched their fourth straight win by beating Defiance on Saturday.
- Kevin Williams (Edinburgh, Ind.) Hanover College | Forward | Senior - Williams led the Panthers to a 2-1 overall week as they won the Wheaton (Ill.) Holiday Classic. The senior was named the tournament MVP after scoring a team-high 19 points in the teams win over Wheaton. Williams finished the week averaging 12 ppg, while shooting 50 percent from the floor.
- Abdul Ogunnaike (Richton Park, Ill.) Manchester University | Forward | Senior - Ogunnaike provided a big spark off the bench in Manchester's 56-52, come-from-behind victory over Mount St. Joseph on Friday Jan. 3. He scored a team-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 2-for-4 from downtown, adding eight rebounds and three steals against the Lions. At one point in the second half he personally scored 10 straight points that took the Spartans from down six to up one.