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Whittington Earns Fourth MAC West Weekly Award

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Release: 02/18/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Mid-American Conference announced its men's basketball weekly award winners for February 18, with Western Michigan junior center Shayne Whittington named Co-MAC West Player of the Week, along with Ball State's Jauwan Scaife.  Whittington leads the Broncos with averages of 12.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

The win is the fourth of the year for Whittington, tying him with Toledo's Rian Pearson for most MAC West Player of the Week awards, and with Ohio's D.J. Cooper and Kent State's Chris Evans for most overall weekly awards in the conference.  When also considering Nate Hutcheson's MAC West Player of the Week award earlier in the season, the Broncos' five weekly awards ties them with Toledo and Ohio for most for a single team this season.

Whittington recorded his team- and conference-leading eighth double-double of the season against Bowling Green on Wednesday, dropping 13 points and 15 rebounds in the Broncos' road loss.  The eight double-doubles are the most for a Bronco in a single season since Joe Reitz recorded 10 double-doubles during the 2006-07 season.  Whittington is one of only three players in the conference to have recorded eight double-doubles this season. 

Whittington helped the Broncos to a come-from-behind victory on Saturday, posting a game-high 15 points to go with nine rebounds in the Broncos' 66-58 win over Northern Illinois.  He also recorded a career-high four assists in the game, as well as three blocks and two steals.
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