Northern Illinois senior guard Xavier Silas has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week for men’s basketball after scoring 56 points in the Huskies’ two games last week, the MAC Office announced Monday.
Silas scored a career-high 34 points in just 24 minutes of action versus Cardinal Stritch on Sunday as he made 11-of-17 field goals overall and six-of-nine shots from three-point range. He tied his career high for three pointers in a game with six and was a perfect six-of-six from the free throw line as Northern Illinois (1-2) earned its first win of the season.
The Austin, Texas, native scored 22 points in just 25 minutes in the Huskies’ narrow 66-63 loss at Bradley last Tuesday while hitting seven of his 11 field goal attempts and all six of his free throws. He added six rebounds in that game and totaled 10 for the week. In the two games, Silas shot 64.3 percent from the field (18-of-28) and 57.1 percent from three-point range (57.1 percent).
Silas is a perfect 24-of-24 from the free throw line in 2010-11 and has hit 38 straight free throws dating back to last season. After finished the 2009-10 season as the MAC’s second-leading scorer with a 19.7 average, the 6-5 guard is averaging 27 points and 5.3 rebounds per game through three games this year. He is shooting at a 55.8 percent clip and has made 50 percent of his three-point attempts.
After Silas’ performance versus Stritch, Northern Illinois head coach Ricardo Patton complimented his senior guard.
“Xavier played hard on both ends of the floor,” Patton said. “Defensively, he was all over the place and did a nice job. Offensively, it never surprises me when the ball goes in when he shoots it. He’s worked extremely hard his entire career. Xavier is a very talented guy who now has gotten better and better in all aspects of the game.”
Silas earned the MAC West Player of the Week honor for the first time in 2010-11 and for the third time in his career.
He leads the Huskies into a Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 24) game versus Maryland-Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md. For more information on NIU men’s basketball and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.