BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – After averaging 33 points and 13.5 rebounds-per-game over the first week of the season, Eastern Kentucky University senior forward Nick Mayo has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
Mayo poured in a career-high 40 points to lead EKU to a come-from-behind 81-78 road win at Chattanooga on Saturday night. The 6-9 native of Oakland, Maine scored 35 of his 40 points in the second half, and 27 of the 40 over the final 9:45 of play. He added 12 rebounds in the win, giving him two double-doubles in as many games this season.
Mayo is the first Colonel to score 40 points in a game since Lavoris Jerry posted 41 versus Eastern Illinois in February of 2001.
With his performance against Chattanooga, Mayo moved to No. 4 on EKU’s all-time scoring list (1,648 points).
In the season opener against Marshall on Wednesday, Mayo went for 26 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. He is the first Colonel to grab 15 boards in a game since Jon Bentley did so versus Morehead State in February of 2004.
Mayo shot 20-of-21 (95.2%) from the free throw line over the week. He also averaged 2.5 blocks-per-game.
It is early, but Mayo currently ranks fifth in the country in scoring at 33.0 points-per-game.
This is the fifth time in his career Mayo has been named OVC Player of the Week. He also earned the honor for the opening week of last season.
Mayo is a three-time first team All-OVC selection.
The Colonels return home to host Midway on Tuesday night, November 13, at 7 p.m.