West Liberty's Cedric Harris has been named Mountain East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the second time this season after setting an MEC record while leading the Hilltoppers to a trio of double-digit road wins last week. Harris, a 6-0 senior guard from Zanesville, Ohio, averaged 19.3 points, 8.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds as the Hilltoppers (20-1, 16-1) locked up their 10th straight 20-win season and moved ever closer to clinching the inaugural MEC championship. Harris got things started by tossing in a season-high 28 points in a 105-85 romp at West Virginia State on Monday. He hit double-figures again with 11 points in Thursday's 97-76 rout of Concord but saved the best for last in Saturday's trip to UVA-Wise. The play making guard set an MEC record with 16 assists – the second-highest single-game total in NCAA Division II this season – and just missed posting West Liberty's first triple-double in four years with 19 points and 9 rebounds. It's the third MEC Player of the Week honor for the West Liberty men this season. Harris was honored previously for the week of Nov. 25 while Seger Bonifant was the Jan. 6 Player of the Week.
If Glenville State beats Fairmont State in tonight's makeup game, Harris and the Hilltoppers can clinch the inaugural MEC men's basketball championship by beating second-place Shepherd on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the ASRC.