Kent State's Coach Receives Conference's Top Honors

CLEVELAND (AP) - Bowling Green's Keith McLeod was selected as the player of the year and Kent State's Stan Heath took the coaching honors on the Mid-American Conference's all-league team announced Wednesday.

McLeod, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, led the MAC in scoring (22.3 points a game), was second in steals (2.03), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.418), ninth in free-throw percentage (.818), 12th in field-goal percentage (.443) and 15th in assists per game (2.93).

"People have looked past me but I have just kept going and going," McLeod said. "I kept working and it put me in a position to where people are seeing what I am doing and what I am doing for my team."

McLeod was joined on the All-MAC first team by Ball State's Theron Smith -- the runner-up to McLeod in the player of the year balloting -- along with Kent State's Trevor Huffman and Andrew Mitchell and Ohio's Brandon Hunter.

Heath, who guided Kent State to the most MAC wins ever in a season, was an overwhelming choice as the league's top coach. He received 43 ballots in voting by media covering the MAC, with Western Michigan's Robert McCullum second.

Kent State went 17-1 in the MAC under Heath in his first season as head coach after taking over for Gary Waters. The Golden Flashes (24-5) are the No. 1 seed in this week's MAC tournament.

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