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December 24, 2013

Littleton tabbed MIAA Player of Week

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Keon Littleton was honored as the MIAA Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced on Monday.

Northeastern State (9-2, 4-0 MIAA) handed both Missouri Western State and Central Missouri their first MIAA losses this season, while staying atop the league standings. Littleton, a junior guard, averaged 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the two contests. He only had one turnover the entire weekend and led NSU in points, rebounds, blocks, and steals.

Against Central Missouri, Littleton filled the stat sheet with 16 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks in 39 minutes. Against MWSU, he finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes.

Littleton is currently third on the team in scoring at 9.5 ppg this season, and he is fourth in rebounding (4.1 rpg). He has played in all 11 games and has made eight starts.

The DeSoto, Texas, native earned his first career weekly laurel, and he joins senior guard Bryton Hobbs (Dec. 9) as the second recipient of the award from NSU this season.

Northeastern State is currently taking a break from action to recognize the holidays, and the team will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at Northwest Missouri State.

Markel Brown is Big 12 Player of the Week

STILLWATER — The Big 12 Conference has named Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown as the Big 12 Player of the Week.

Brown was selected Monday after averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in OSU wins over Delaware State and Colorado. The senior guard had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds against CSU and had 14 points in the win over DSU.

Denver DE tears ACL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos began the season without strongside linebacker Von Miller, and they’ll end it without him, too.

Miller is done for the year after tests Monday revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which he injured in the first quarter of Denver’s 37-13 win at Houston over the weekend.

“It’s definitely going to be a blow,” executive vice president John Elway said on his weekly podcast on the team’s website. “But I think that we’ve done a good job of handling adversity throughout the year. This is another bump in the road for us.”

The Broncos (12-3) have hit so many potholes this season it’s a wonder they’re not broken down on the side of the Super Bowl Expressway.

Instead, they can wrap up the AFC’s top seed with a win at Oakland (4-11) on Sunday.

Miller’s injury ended a rough third season for the Broncos star, which began with a six-game drug suspension and included just five sacks and 33 tackles in 10 games.

 

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