Every week for the 2016-17 season, The Catch and Shoot will name a Player of the Week, Freshman of the Week, Team of the Week and Game of the Week among the five Division I schools in the Chicago area.
Here are the winners for the 14th week of the season (Feb. 13-Feb. 19):
Player of the Week
Aundre Jackson, Loyola
Jackson was once again a model of efficiency averaging 17.5 points on 58.% shooting — and that’s a bad week by his season-long numbers!
The 6’5″ forward dropped a game-high 18 points in Loyola’s win over Indiana State and then dropped 17 off the bench including a big 3-pointer late in the second half as the Ramblers nearly knocked off Illinois State.
Honorable mention: Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern; Tai Odiase, UIC; Trayvon Palmer, Chicago State
Freshman of the Week
Isiah Brown, Northwestern
Brown averaged 11.5 points last week and was Northwestern’s best scorer in a loss to Maryland with 19, setting a new career high. Brown carried the Wildcats back in that game to make the final minutes interesting after the team looked dead midway through the second half.
Honorable mention: Tarkus Ferguson, UIC; Dominique Matthews, UIC; K.J. Santos, UIC
Team of the Week
The Flames clinched a top-six finish in the Horizon League, which may not sound like much. But it is for a team that hasn’t finished that high since the 2012-13 season.
In all likelihood, UIC will be the No. 6 seed at the Horizon League Tournament, but if it can win Friday at Northern Kentucky, then the No. 5 seed could come into play.
Game of the Week
Illinois State 65, Loyola 63
When Illinois State took a 51-40 lead at home just over 10 minutes remaining, Loyola’s win probability dropped below 5%. Then Aundre Jackson and Donte Ingram provided a spark for the Ramblers as they climbed back to take a 58-57 lead on an Ingram three with 4:53 left.
ISU forward Deontae Hawkins hit two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to give Illinois State a 65-63 lead. Loyola guard Ben Richardson got a clean look at a game-winner from just in front of half court, but it spun out.
We thought it was THERE…May we have an encore presentation in March please? What! A! Game! Illinois State survives 65-63. pic.twitter.com/WB9VOiLy04
— Peyton Wesner (@pcwesner) February 19, 2017