Jan. 28, 2013
Ohio University senior guard D.J. Cooper has been named the Mid-American Conference Co-East Division Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
It marks the fourth time this season and third time in four weeks that Cooper has earned the award. He has garnered MAC weekly accolades 11 times in his career.
Cooper shares the honor this week with Akron's Zeke Marshall.
Cooper averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals, while shooting 54.2 percent (13-24) from the floor, to help Ohio earn two league road wins and move to 6-0 in the MAC for the first time since the 1973-74 season.
Against Miami on Wednesday, the 2013 Cousy Award Finalist led the 'Cats with 17 points and nine assists while tying a season high with seven rebounds.
In the team's 69-68 win at Kent State on Saturday, Cooper tied a season high with 23 points and added five assists and three steals. He posted 12 points during Ohio's critical 21-8 second-half run against the Golden Flashes, and his two free throws in the game's final minute clinched the victory for Ohio.
With his third steal of the game, Cooper became the first Ohio player to ever record 300 career steals. He needs just 14 more steals to move into a tie for 25th place on the all-time NCAA Division I steals list.
On the week, the Chicago, Ill., native's 14 assists gave him 855 for his career, which moved him into a tie for 20th place on the NCAA Division I all-time assists ledger with Bradley's Anthony Manuel.
Cooper and the Bobcats return to action Wednesday (Jan. 30) against MAC West Division foe Eastern Michigan. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the game live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon, with audio and video streams available on OhioBobcats.com. Pre-game audio coverage begins 30 minutes prior to tip (6:30 p.m.).