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Cooper Earns Second Weekly MAC Nod of Season

Cooper ranks third in the country this season with 8.5 assists per game.

Jan. 7, 2013

ATHENS, Ohio - For the second time in three weeks, the Mid-American Conference announced Monday that Ohio senior guard D.J. Cooper has been named the league's East Division Player of the Week.

It marks the ninth time in his career and second time this season that Cooper has earned the award. The Chicago, Ill., native also garnered MAC East Division Player of the Week honors on Dec. 26.

Cooper tallied a career-best 17 assists - including 13 in the first half - and added 12 points, six rebounds and four steals to help Ohio earn its largest win over rival Marshall (94-57) in 93 years on Saturday.

His 17 assists broke a school record and tied the MAC all-time mark, set on two previous occasions. The performance was Cooper's fourth double-double of the season and 21st of his career. He recorded his 800th assist in the first half and now has 811 in his career. At 820, Cooper will move into 25th place all-time on the NCAA Division I assists list.

This season, Cooper ranks third in the nation with 8.5 assists per game. The 2013 Cousy Award Candidate also leads Ohio with 14.3 points per game and 1.9 steals per contest.

Cooper and the Bobcats open conference play with a home contest against Buffalo on Wednesday (Jan. 9) at 7 p.m. The game will be televised locally on SportsTime Ohio and can also be seen across the nation on ESPN3. Michael Reghi will handle play-by-play duties while Dave Cecutti will serve as analyst. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.