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Dartis, Kirk Represent Ohio Men's Basketball On 2017-18 All-MAC Teams

Dartis, Kirk Represent Ohio Men's Basketball On 2017-18 All-MAC Teams

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CLEVELAND -- Ohio men's basketball junior guard Jordan Dartis (Newark, Ohio) has garnered 2017-18 All-Mid-American Conference Honorable Mention while rookie guard Teyvion Kirk (Joliet, Ill.) has earned a spot on the 2017-18 MAC All-Freshman Team, as announced by the league office on Monday (March 5). 

Dartis, a 2017-18 Preseason All-MAC East Division team pick, earns all-conference honorable mention for the second year in a row. Kirk gives the Bobcats three-straight MAC All-Freshman Team selections under fourth-year head coach Saul Phillips, following Dartis in 2016 and forward Jason Carter (Johnstown, Ohio) in '17.

Dartis, who has started all 28 of the games he has played in this season, is averaging 13.6 points per game to rank third on the squad in 2017-18 and has finished with double-digit points 17 times this season to rank third on the team. He has scored at least 20 points in a game a team-high eight times this year. With 381 points scored, he is 10 points away from setting a new career high and has made a career-high 124 field goals this season -- including 78 three-pointers, which is three away from giving him the 10th-most in a single season in program history. He has also dished out a career-high 62 assists this season, with his 2.2 per game average ranking third on the team, and has tallied 34 steals, with his 1.2 per game average ranking second on the squad.

Dartis finished third on the team in conference play with 12.9 points per game.

Dartis was named MAC East Division Player of the Week for the first time in his career on Feb. 12 after averaging a team-high 22.5 points and shooting 52.9 percent (18-of-34) from the field -- including 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from beyond the arc the previous week. He also averaged 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals. Dartis exploded for a career-high 38 points behind 10 three-pointers to help Ohio dominate MAC East Division rival Akron, 99-75, on Feb. 6 at the Convocation Center in Athens. After sitting out Ohio's 101-98 double overtime loss to MAC West Division foe Central Michigan on Feb. 3 with a nagging hip injury, Dartis announced his return to the starting lineup in a big way. His 38-point effort marked the most by a Bobcat since former Ohio guard Jaaron Simmons dropped 38 on the Zips on Feb. 4, 2017, in a 85-70 triumph at the Convo. Dartis scored at least 30 points for the first time in his career and became the second Bobcat to reach the 30-point mark this season, joining senior guard Mike Laster (Detroit, Mich.), who posted a career-high 31 in a 78-68 win over Northern Illinois on Jan. 6, 2018, at the Convo. Dartis went 13-of-20 from the field -- including a scorching 10-of-15 from beyond the arc. His 10 made treys marked the most by a Bobcat since former Ohio guard Javarez Willis drilled 10 in a 95-65 victory over archrival Miami on March 6, 2015. Dartis is now tied with Willis for the third-most three-pointers made in a game in program history. He then finished with 13 points after going 5-of-14 from the floor with three treys as Ohio suffered a 69-60 loss to MAC West Division foe Western Michigan on Feb. 10 at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Mich. Dartis eclipsed the 1,000-career point mark in the loss, becoming the 39th Bobcat to reach that milestone.

For his two-plus year Ohio career, Dartis averages 11.9 points per game and is a 45.2 percent (339-of-750) shooter -- including owning a 44.8 percent (231-of-516) success rate from beyond the arc, which is the best three-point field goal percentage in program history. He is one of eight players in program history to sink at least 200 career three-pointers with 231, which ranks as the fifth-most in the history of the program. Dartis has finished in double figures 55 times in his Ohio career, which is the most among active Bobcats, and has tallied at least 20 points in a game 14 times in his career, which also ranks as the most among active Ohio players. His 1,086 career points rank as the 31st-most in program history.

Kirk has impressed through his first 30 games as a Bobcat. Starting at point guard in every contest, he is averaging 15.4 points per game to lead the team and rank 11th among MAC players and is shooting 44.4 percent (156-of-351) from the field to rank fifth on the team -- including 43.2 percent (16-of-37) from beyond the arc. Kirk is the first Ohio freshman to average double figures in points since guard D.J. Cooper averaged 13.5 per contest in his rookie campaign of 2009-10. He has finished in double figures a team-high 27 times this year, which included a span of 21-straight games with double-digit points. He has scored at least 20 points in a game six times to rank third on the squad -- including a season-high 24 points against Central Michigan on Feb. 3. Kirk also leads the team with 1.4 steals per game, which ranks seventh in the MAC, and ranks second on the squad in both rebounds per game (6.0) and assists per game (3.1). He has posted three double-doubles to tie for the team lead and has led the Bobcats in points 10 times (tied for most on the team), rebounds 10 times (second on the team) and assists 12 times (second on the team). Kirk hauled in a season-high 14 boards in a 65-58 win over Northwestern Ohio on Dec. 29 and distributed a season-high seven assists in an 84-65 victory over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 20.

Kirk led Ohio in MAC play with 16.1 points per contest, which ranked ninth in the conference and tops among the league's freshmen. He also averaged 1.5 steals per game in MAC play, which ranked seventh in the conference.

No. 10-seeded Ohio (14-16) looks to make a run at a seventh MAC Tournament crown when it visits No. 7-seeded Miami (15-16) in a first-round matchup at Millett Hall on Monday (March 5). Tip-off of the postseason showdown between the longtime archrivals is scheduled for 7  p.m. ET.

Monday's game will be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app, with Steve Baker and Randy Hollowell on the call. The contest will also be broadcast on the Ohio IMG Sports Network, with 'Voice of the Bobcats' Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius on the call. Radio pregame coverage is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET with 'Countdown To Tipoff.'

The winner of Monday's matchup between Ohio and Miami will punch its ticket to Cleveland to square off with No. 2-seeded Toledo (21-10, 13-5 MAC) on Thursday (March 8) at 6:30 p.m. ET at Quicken Loans Arena. The game will be streamed live on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

2017-18 MAC All-Defensive Team
Tim Bond, Eastern Michigan
Davonta Jordan, Buffalo
Bryce Moore, Western Michigan
Darrian Ringo, Miami
James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan 

2017-18 MAC All-Freshman Team
Dalonte Brown, Miami
Marreon Jackson, Toledo
Teyvion Kirk, Ohio
Nike Sibande, Miami
Justin Turner, Bowling Green 

2017-18 All-MAC First Team
Tre'Shaun Fletcher, Toledo
Thomas Wilder, Western Michigan
James Thompson IV, Eastern Michigan
C.J. Massinburg, Buffalo
Nick Perkins, Buffalo 

2017-18 All-MAC Second Team
Eugene German, Northern Illinois
Jeremy Harris, Buffalo
Tayler Persons, Ball State
Jaelan Sanford, Toledo
Demajeo Wiggins, Bowling Green 

2017-18 All-MAC Third Team
Wes Clark, Buffalo
Elijah Minnie, Eastern Michigan
Trey Moses, Ball State
Darrian Ringo, Miami
Jaylin Walker, Kent State 

2017-18 All-MAC Honorable Mention
Jordan Dartis, Ohio
Daniel Utomi, Akron
Justin Turner, Bowling Green
Nike Sibande, Miami
Paul Jackson, Eastern Michigan

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