CMU's Melvin Tillman Named Basketball Player of the Week

1 year 11 months 3 weeks ago February 18, 2014 Feb 18, 2014 Tuesday, February 18 2014 Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:49:00 PM CST in Sports
By: Cristina Alexander, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

KANSAS CITY - The NAIA announced Tuesday it named Melvin Tillman of Central Methodist University the Division I Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

The NAIA chose Tillman for the honor based on his performances from Feb. 10-16 and was one out of a pool of conference and independent award winners.

Tillman, a 6' senior guard, moved into 15th place on the Eagles' career scoring charts with two 30-point efforts last week. He netted a career-high 34 points on 13-of-19 (.684) shooting and added seven rebounds and five assists in the 81-78 win over then No. 10 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) on Feb. 13.

On Feb. 15, he finished with 32 points, doing much of his damage at the charity stripe (13-of-18), in the 82-70 win against Avila.

Overall, the native of Richmond, Ind., averaged 33.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and shot 63.6 percent from the field last week.

In Division I statistical rankings, Tillman ranks 20th in assists (4.5) and 21st in scoring (19.6).

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