Center James Hughes Named MAC West Division Player Of The Week
Northern Illinois University junior center James Hughes (Silvis/East
Moline United) may have seen just 31 minutes of action in two games
last week, but he made his time on the court worthwhile.
Hughes averaged 14.5 points and shot 76.5% (13-for-17) from the
field to help the Huskies to victories over both DePaul and Toledo
as NIU extended its winning streak to three games.
For his efforts, the Mid-American Conference named Hughes the West
Division Player of the Week for the period ending December 4th.
Its a real nice honor for James and our team,
NIU head mens basketball coach Rob Judson said. He has
made improvement on both the offensive and defensive ends of the
court and his ability to finish plays that are created by his teammates
has helped us be successful this season.
Hughes opened up the week in fine fashion, tallying a game-high
17 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including six boards to help NIU
(3-1) to the 77-68 victory over DePaul. Following the game, Hughes
grabbed the Jay Goedert Memorial Award, given to the games
most valuable player. The win over the Blue Demons marked NIUs
first ever win over a Big East opponent and the first time in the
28-game series history dating back to 1924-25 that the Huskies had
taken two consecutive games from DePaul. The Huskies had defeated
both Notre Dame and Marquette, but before they were members of the
In NIUs MAC opener against Toledo on Saturday, Hughes found
himself in foul trouble as he played in only 11 minutes of the contest.
The Silvis, IL, native, however, made the most of his opportunities,
scoring 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting, as the Huskies earned the
73-69 triumph over the Rockets. That win snapped a 12-game MAC road-losing
streak for NIU, and was just their fourth victory in Toledo in 26
For the season, Hughes is averaging 12.3 points per game and is
shooting 66.7% (20-for-30) from the field.
NIU will be back in action on Tuesday, December 13th, as the Huskies
will welcome Wright State University to the Convocation Center at
7:05 p.m. in a return bout from last seasons ESPN Bracket
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