Akron's Zeke Marshall named MAC Player of the Week

Akron's Zeke Marshall named MAC Player of the Week
Akron's Zeke Marshall named MAC Player of the Week

For the second time this season, senior center Zeke Marshall was named Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.

Marshall, who earned his first POW honor of the season on Nov. 19, helped the Zips (8-4) to a perfect 2-0 record last week, including wins over Texas Southern (83-68) and Princeton (62-58). For the week, he averaged 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocked shots and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 81.3 percent from the floor (13-of-16) and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe (12-of-16).

In Akron's victory over Texas Southern, Marshall led the Zips with 21 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots in just 21 minutes. His five blocked shots marked the seventh game this season that he had five-plus swats.

Against Princeton, Marshall averaged a point a minute for the second-straight game, pitching in with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 17 minutes. He finished the game going 7-of-7 from the floor and had a hand in two of the biggest plays of the game.

The first came when Marshall hit a 15-foot sky hook with one second left on the shot clock on an inbounds play with 1:33 remaining to give the Zips a 59-56 lead. On Princeton's next-to-last possession, his defense helped force the Tigers into a bad 3-point attempt in which he grabbed the miss and was fouled. He would make one free throw with 3.3 seconds left to seal the victory.

Marshall is one of four players to earn multiple player of the week honors in the league which includes Kent State's Chris Evans, Toledo's Rian Pearson and Western Michigan's Shayne Whittington. He is also one of two Zips to earn the honor as teammate Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell was named player of the week on Dec. 16.

Akron will look to extend its winning streak to five games when they take on Coppin State at home on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. ET.