MUNCIE, Ind. — For the fourth time this season and second straight week, Ball State’s Tahjai Teague is the MAC West Division Player of the Week.
The fifth-year senior from Indianapolis averaged 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds last week, leading Ball State to a pair of MAC wins and the Cardinals’ first 4-1 league start since the 2011-12 season.
That year was also the last time a Ball State player won the league’s weekly award four times when Jarrod Jones did it. Bonzi Wells was the MAC Player of the Week four times in 1997-98 before the league split into divisions. No BSU player has ever won it five times in a season.
Teague scored 23 points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds Tuesday at Eastern Michigan, pacing BSU to a 69-52 victory with his sixth double-double of the season. He hit his final nine attempts from the floor to finish 9-for-12, while his 17 rebounds matched the highest total by a MAC player in a league game this year.
Teague then led a balanced attack with 14 points to go along with four boards and three blocks in Saturday’s 71-62 home win over Miami. The victory moved the Cardinals into sole possession of first place in the MAC West Division and a share of the overall league lead with Akron and Bowling Green.
So far this conference season, Teague ranks among the top 10 in the MAC in scoring (17.2), rebounding (9.6), blocks (1.8), steals (1.4) and field goal percentage (.548).
Ball State has now accounted for six MAC West Division players of the week this season, with Kyle Mallers and Ishmael El-Amin also winning once each.
The Cardinals are off until Saturday when they will head back on the road for a key divisional matchup at Central Michigan. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m. on ESPN3.