Michigan State's Nick Ward named Big Ten player of the week

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

East Lansing — Nick Ward had his best game of the season on Saturday in Michigan State’s victory at Ohio State, and on Monday, the Big Ten recognized the Spartans junior for that effort.

After scoring 21 points and grabbing eight rebounds in Michigan State’s 86-77 victory at Value City Arena, Ward was named the Big Ten Player of the Week.

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It is the third time Ward has earned that honor but the first time this season.

The week began with Ward scoring 21 points and pulling down seven rebounds in a victory over Northwestern. All 21 points came in the first half for the Spartans.

In the win over Ohio State, Ward was 5-for-7 from the field while going 11-for-14 from the free-throw line and blocking three shots.

The last Michigan State player to be named Player of the Week was junior guard Cassius Winston on Dec. 31.

In other weekly award winners:

Horizon League: Detroit Mercy's Antoine Davis, for the second time this season, earned both the league's player and freshman of the week awards in the same week. He scored 48, one shy of the school record, in a victory over Wright State in an effort that included 10 made 3's, tying a school record. He also scored 33 in a loss to Northern Kentucky and is averaging 27.3 points, second in the nation. Davis already has earned player of the week honors twice and freshman of the week honors five times.

MAC: Northern Illinois senior Lacey James (Grand Rapids) had 20 points and 14 rebounds a road victory over Ohio. It was his fourth career double-double.


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