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This Week in WAC Men's Basketball - Jan. 2

This Week in WAC Men's Basketball - Jan. 2

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SEATTLE U'S CARTER NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Seattle U junior center Myles Carter has been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 24-30. This is his second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and of his career.

The Chicago native poured in a career-high 26 points to go along with 13 rebounds to lead Seattle U to an 82-73 win at California. Carter, who played all 40 minutes, shot 61 percent from the field as the Redhawks built a 21-4 lead early and withstood a late push by the Golden Bears to earn their second win over a Pac-12 school this season. Carter's double-double was his sixth of the season as he collected his fifth 20+-point game. His 13 rebounds were one shy of his career high. The win moved the Redhawks to 12-3 on the season, their best record through 15 games in more than 50 years.

Other nominees included: Grand Canyon's Alessandro Lever scored a season-high 27 points to go with six rebounds in a loss at San Diego ... Brandon McKissic of Kansas City finished with 11 points, three steals and two rebounds in a loss at Creighton ... NM State's C.J. Bobbitt scored a career-high 22 points to go with six boards to lead NM State past Colorado State Sunday... Terry Winn III of UT Rio Grande Valley finished with 17 points, four rebounds and a career-high-tying three steals in a loss at No. 13 Texas Tech ... Utah Valley's Jake Toolson finished with 15 points on 58.3 percent shooting to go with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in a win at Fresno State.

WAC QUICK HITS
California Baptist completed its 2018 portion of the schedule with the 1,000th victory in the history of the program by defeating La Verne 97-46 on Dec. 29 ... NM State's C.J. Bobbitt scored a career-high 22 points in a win at Colorado State on Dec. 30 ... Seattle U's Myles Carter scored a career-high 26 points and added 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season in a win over California 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 ... Utah Valley'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 ... CSU Bakersfield's Jarkel Joiner grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds on Dec. 18 against Cal Poly and scored a career-high 24 points on Dec. 20 at Portland State ... Kansas City's Jamel Allen scored a career-high 18 points against Elon on Dec. 22 ... Grand Canyon's Alessandro Lever scored a career-high 26 points vs. Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 22 ... Through games played on Dec. 22, California Baptist's Milan Acquaah's season averages for points (21.6), rebounds (5.1), assists (3.3) and steals (2.0) are the best in NCAA Division I with no other players averaging more than him in all four statistical categories ... UTRGV scored 26 points off of 18 turnovers to beat McNeese State 68-64 on Dec. 22 ... Seattle U is off to its best start to a season in over 50 years as it has won eight of its last nine outings ... 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 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 and most since Jan. 5, 1981, when the team grabbed a program record 24 steals against Texas Southern. UTRGV grabbed 18 steals in the first half, more than any WAC institution had in a full game this season. Javon Levi led the team with a career-high and NCAA season-best six steals. UTRGV also forced 30 turnovers, the team's highest total since forcing 30 at Texas State on Dec. 5, 2009 ... Chicago State won three-straight games for the first time in more than five years ... Utah Valley boasts a 20-game home win streak, the fourth-best active home win streak in the nation ... 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 ... Grand Canyon's Carlos Johnson scored 12 of GCU's 19 points in a stretch which helped the Lopes overcome an 11-point deficit in a win over Boise State on Dec. 1 ... 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 ... UTRGV became the 28th team in NCAA history and second in WAC history to come back from a 24 or more point deficit by beating Lamar 77-75 on Nov. 23 ... 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 Xavier 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 exploded for a career-high 31 points on 9-of-11 shooting at New Mexico on Nov. 17. He also went 6-for-6 from beyond the arc in the game the first Aggie to be perfect from three-point land (minimum 5) since Jahmar Young on Dec. 23, 2009 ... UTRGV's Lesley Varner II posted his first double-double of the season scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds against Prairie View A&M on Nov. 14 ... CSUB's Holden did not miss a shot (8-for-8) on the way to 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 has recorded 50-plus rebounds in a game ... UTRGV sophomore 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
California Baptist leads the WAC in scoring (82.4), free throw percentage (77.3), rebounding (39.5), defensive rebounds (29.8) and three-pointers per game (9.8), while Seattle U is tops in scoring margin (13.4), field goal percentage defense (38.7), three-point field goal percentage (39.5) and blocks (4.3).    NM State leads the WAC in scoring defense (66.3), rebounding defense (29.6) and rebounding margin (8.3), while UT Rio Grande Valley is tops in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.2), steals (9.7) and turnover margin (4.6). Utah Valley leads the WAC in field goal percentage (48.4) and assists (14.5), CSU Bakersfield is tops in offensive rebounds (13.7) and Grand Canyon leads the league in assist-turnover ratio (1.2).

Individually, California Baptist's Milan Acquaah leads the WAC in scoring (22.2), while Seattle U's Myles Carter is tops in rebounding (8.5) and blocked shots (2.5). NM State's Eli Chuha leads the league in field goal percentage (70.5), while Seattle U's Morgan Means and Aaron Nettles are tops in free throw percentage (86.8) and three-point percentage (53.1), respectively. Chicago State's Rob Shaw leads the WAC in assists (5.5) and UTRGV's Javon Levi is tops in steals (2.4). Kansas City's Rob Whitfield leads the WAC in three-pointers per game (3.1), while CSUB's James Suber is tops in offensive rebounds (3.2) and California Baptist's Dejon Davis leads the league in defensive rebounds (6.6). Seattle U's Terrell Brown and Means are tops in assist-turnover ratio (3.0) and minutes per game (35.1), respectively.

CSUB'S DURHAM FOUR THREE-POINTERS AWAY FROM ALL-TIME WAC RECORD
In his team's win over Lamar on Dec. 13, CSU Bakersfield senior Damiyne Durham became the Roadrunners' career record holder with 280 three-pointers. He now has 286 long balls, four shy of the all-time WAC record of 290 held by Utah State's Jaycee Carroll (2004-08). At his current pace, Durham will break the record on Jan. 5 against Utah Valley.

WAC WINS #SummitVsWAC CHALLENGE
The WAC won the first-ever Summit League/WAC Challenge 6-3. The Challenge features head-to-head competition between all nine teams. Matchups were set based upon factors including the previous year's achievements, records and RPI rankings, as well as projected rankings in the upcoming season.

The complete list of 2018 matchups and results is below.

Nov. 6

Grand Canyon at South Dakota State

L, 74-79

Nov. 6

North Dakota State at NM State

W, 73-56

Nov. 13

California Baptist at Oral Roberts

W, 70-69

Dec. 1

Kansas City at Purdue Fort Wayne

W, 90-73

Dec. 1

CSU Bakersfield at South Dakota

L, 56-68

Dec. 1

Denver at Utah Valley

W, 98-75

Dec. 5

North Dakota at UT Rio Grande Valley

W, 70-56

Dec. 6

Omaha at Seattle U

W, 90-71

Dec. 20

Chicago State at Western Illinois

L, 52-81


SIX WAC PLAYERS RANK AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS
Six WAC players currently 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

3FGA

4th

855

Damiyne Durham

CSU Bakersfield

3FGM

5th

286

Ty Rowell

California Baptist

3FG%

11th

44.5

Matej Kavas

Seattle U

3FG%

13th

44.2

Damiyne Durham

CSU Bakersfield

Three-pointers/game

23rd

2.67

Damiyne Durham

CSU Bakersfield

FGA

23rd

1,242

Jake Toolson

Utah Valley

FT%

24th

85.6

Eli Chuha

NM State

Double-Doubles

32nd

18

Eli Chuha

NM State

FG%

36th

57.3

Jordan Heading

California Baptist

3FGA

48th

531