CARMEL, Ind. – In week 12 of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) men's basketball season, things heated up with the standings tightening across the board. Franklin College and Transylvania University are currently in a tie for first place, with league records of 10-4. Hanover College is not far behind, boasting a conference record of 9-5.
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Athlete of the Week:
Jamel Barnes Jr. (Muncie, Ind.) Earlham College | Guard | Junior - Barnes averaged 24.0 points while shooting .556 from the field while leading Earlham men's basketball to a 1-1 record last week. Barnes netted a career-high 37 points in the Quakers' 81-69 home win over Hanover on Saturday, giving Earlham its first season sweep over Hanover College since joining the HCAC in 2010-11. Barnes shot 11-of-17 with six three-pointers in the win over the Panthers, with a 9-for-9 mark at the free-throw line. He also added five rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Earlier in the week, Barnes charted 11 points and five assists in the Quakers' 90-71 home loss to Transylvania. He also had three rebounds and two steals versus the Pioneers. For the week, Barnes was 15-of-27 from the field, 7-of-13 (.538) from three-point range and was a perfect 11-for-11 at the charity stripe.
- Isaiah Taylor (Yellow Springs, Ohio) Bluffton University | Center | Senior - Taylor averaged 14.0 PPG while hitting 14-of-22 from the field (63.6 percent) as the Beavers moved to 8-6 in the conference with wins at Mount St. Joseph and Anderson last week. He also tallied 5.0 RPG and 2.0 APG from his starting center position.
- Tyler Andrew (Indianapolis, Ind.) Defiance College | Forward | Sophomore - In Defiance's two games last week, Andrew averaged 29.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocked shots in 31.0 minutes per contest. He shot 70.6 percent (24-of-34) from the field, including 50 percent (2-of-4) from three-point range and 90 percent (9-of-10) at the free throw line for the week. In last Saturday's loss at Mount St. Joseph, Andrew exploded for a career- and game-high 37 points, plus added game bests of seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
- Borden Kennedy (Attica, Ind.) Franklin College | Guard | Senior – Kennedy reached double figures in both contests last week for a Franklin team that went 1-1 in league play. He scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the first half against Manchester on Saturday in an 84-61 FC win.
- Kevin Williams (Edinburgh, Ind.) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Williams helped propel the Panthers to a 1-1 overall week as they defeated Franklin on Wednesday evening, before falling to a sharp shooting Earlham team. The senior registered a career-high 30 points with four rebounds and two assists in the team's contest with Earlham. He finished the afternoon shooting 14-of-16 from the floor. Against Franklin, he netted a game-high 19 points, while pulling in five rebounds with two assists. He currently ranks second (behind his teammate) in field goal percentage among the HCAC at 65.8 percent.
- CJ Hampton (Hammond, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Junior - Hampton poured in 44 points on the strength of 14-26 shooting last week for Manchester. Hampton also went 5-for-9 from three-point territory and went 11-of-13 from the charity stripe. In MU's win over Defiance College, Hampton posted totals of 24 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Against Franklin over the weekend, Hampton tallied 20 points and seven boards.
- Craig McGee (Loveland, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Guard | Junior – McGee averaged 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game as Rose-Hulman won at Anderson and fell at Transylvania last week. McGee nearly had a triple-double with 17 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists in the team's 78-64 win at Anderson.
- Spencer McKinney (Danville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Guard | Senior - The senior had a pair of all-around performances in leading the Pioneers to a pair of blowout wins in HCAC play this week to help Transylvania keep pace for a share of first place in the HCAC standings. McKinney posted 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and shot 3-for-4 from behind the arc as the Pioneers roared to a 90-71 win at Earlham this past Wednesday. The senior was second among all scorers on Saturday in a resounding 88-67 win over Rose-Hulman to sweep the season series with the Engineers. McKinney produced a loaded line of 17 points, four assists, four steals, two rebounds, and one block on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor and 3-for-5 from downtown. For the week, McKinney averaged 14 ppg, 4.5 apg, 4 rpg and totaled four steals and a block. The senior shot 67 percent from three-point range and shot 69 percent from the field.