Men’s basketball: Cooper nabs MAC East award

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After leading the Ohio Bobcats to two-straight road wins and recording his first triple-double in his Ohio basketball career, D.J. Cooper was named MAC East Player of the Week on Monday.

On Saturday, Cooper led all scorers with 14 points, but he wasn't done there. The junior point guard also snagged 10 rebounds and dropped in 10 assists in the 'Cats 72-54 win over Portland. 

Before the trip to The City of Roses, Ohio traveled to Rochester, Mich. and knocked off the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, who had won 41 of their last 43 home games including 11 straight in the O'rena. Cooper led the Bobcats in scoring with 18 points and also reeled in five rebounds in Ohio's 84-82 victory.

Cooper leads the team in points, averaging 14.1 points per game this season and ranks eighth in the MAC in scoring. The point guard also has three times as many assists as anybody else on the team with 54 dimes, and is a part of a Bobcats' team that is off to a 7-1 start, the best beginning to a season since the 1969-70 season.