Monday, December 31, 2012 | Men's Basketball
Taylor, Early Highlight Weekly Honors

This week's Missouri Valley Conference players of the week are Evansville's Troy Taylor and Wichita State's Cleanthony Early. Taylor recorded just the second triple double in school history for the Aces, while Early led the Shockers to a 66-41 win against UNI.

Full MVC notebook to come Wednesday

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Troy Taylor, Evansville, G, Senior, Anderson, Ind.
   Senior Troy Taylor registered just the second triple-double in Evansville history and the 36th in the history of the MVC in Saturday's contest against No. 12 Creighton. The Anderson, Ind. native, who is the Aces leader in rebounds, assists and assist/turnover ratio, is the only player in the league to be ranked in the top ten in each of those categories. Taylor's effort versus the Bluejays included ten points, ten rebounds and ten assists. On top of all of that, he registered a pair of steals and his first blocked shot of the season. The 6-0 point guard has led the Aces in rebounding on 19 occasions over the last two years, a team-high while leading Evansville in in assists 18 times over that same span. Taylor's feat marked the first triple-double for UE since Reed Jackson did so against New Hampshire in 1995.


NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State, F, Junior, Middletown, N.Y.
   Cleanthony Early scored 16 points and snagged six rebounds to lead Wichita State to a 66-41 victory over Northern Iowa in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both clubs. Early, a junior college transfer from Middletown, N.Y., went 6-of-11 from the field and was one of four Shockers to score in double figures. With UNI leading 7-4 following their only consecutive baskets of the game, Wichita State began their takeover of the first half going on a 13-2 run to take a 17-9 lead with 9:24 remaining on a 3-pointer from Early. Wichita State's smothering defense held UNI to 32 percent shooting for the game and held the Panthers without a single player reaching double figures. The Shockers matched the school’s best start after 13 games by improving to 12-1 after the UNI win.