Pearson finishes third in MAC Player of the Year votingWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In just his sophomore year, Toledo guard Rian Pearson finished third in his bid for earning Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honors.
Buffalo forward Mitchell Watt won the award, finishing fourth in the league in scoring (16) and rebounding (7.4) while also ranking second with 2.4 blocks per game.
Watt received 11 votes for first place, finishing ahead of Miami (OH) forward Julian Mavunga, who came in with eight. Mavunga led the conference in points and rebounds, averaging 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per contest, but his team’s nine victories may have come into play against Watt’s Bulls, which hold the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament.
Pearson finished third in the voting, receiving three votes, just ahead of Ohio point guard D.J. Cooper who finished with two.
In 2012, Pearson ranked second in the league in points (16.4), third in rebounds (8.3) and eighth in steals (1.5), the lone player in the conference to finish in the Top 10 in each category. He was also sixth nationally in rebounding at the guard position, leading the Rockets to the No. 7 seed in the MAC Tournament and the fourth-best win improvement in the country from last season.