Van Earns MAC West Honor

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University men's basketball player Marcus Van was named today the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week.

Marcus Van is the first Chippewa to win the honor this season and this is also the first time the senior has been named West Division Player of the Week.

Van had a big week, averaging 14.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as the Chippewas went 1-1 including a road victory at Northern Illinois. Against NIU, Van tallied 14 points, 20 rebounds and four blocks, going 5-for-8 from the field. The 20 rebounds is a career high, the highest total in the MAC this year and the 10th-best mark in CMU history. It is also only the second time in the last six years that a MAC player has pulled down 20 boards in a game and Van is one of just 15 players in Division I to have 20+ rebounds in a game this year.

Van also matched his career high in blocks with four versus NIU as Central Michigan allowed just 45 points, the least points allowed to a DI team by the Chippewas since 1991. Van also had a team-high 14 points and eight boards, including six offensive, at Toledo. The senior added three blocks against the Rockets.

The Maroon and Gold return to action this Wednesday, Jan. 28, when they host Ohio at 8 p.m. That game follows the women's contest versus Temple which is set to start at 5:30 p.m.

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