Bitzer Earns MAC West Honor

MOUNT PLEASANT - Jordan Bitzer earbed Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week honors on Monday, the league office announced.

Jordan Bitzer was dominant last week, averaging 22.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists to go with 3.5 three-pointers and 1.5 steals in a pair of huge wins by the Chippewas, pushing Central Michigan into a tie atop the conference standings.

He put on a masterful display of shooting against the Eagles, hitting seven of his first nine shots to finish with a career-best 28 points. He hit 8-of-14 field goals, 4-of-8 threes and 8-of-9 free throws along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in a complete effort.

Bitzer followed it up with a gritty performance in what felt like a postseason game against NIU, finishing with a team-high 17 points and five boards to help pull the Chippewas into a first-place tie in the West Division and the overall conference lead.

It is the first weekly MAC honor of Bitzer's career. CMU has now won six in a row at Rose Center and is off to its best start in league play (4-1) since the 2002-03 championship season.

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