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St. Bonaventure's Marcus Posley Wins Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week, Oakland's Hayes Freshman Winner

Normally it takes stuffing the stat book to be the Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week. But Marcus Posley did something that changed all that.

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If you haven't been paying attention this week, St. Bonaventure won two games in the Atlantic 10 to move to 6-4 in the conference and right in the thick of the race. Those wins just happened to come against Davidson and VCU, which makes it even more impressive.

But it was how those victories came to be that puts the Bonnies in rarified air.

On Wednesday night, Davidson led St. Bonaventure by one with just six seconds remaining after a huge Peyton Aldridge 3-pointer. Marcus Posley took the ball the length of the floor and let go a floater in the middle of the lane that bounced off the backboard and in as the buzzer sounded.

Pandemonium ensued.

Saturday afternoon, the scene seemed eerily familiar, although the Rams gave St. Bonaventure a little more time to work with. Jordan Burgess made a layup with 18 seconds remaining to tie the game, and it looked like all in attendance were about to get another five minutes of basketball.

But Posley had another trick up his sleeve.

He drove through the lane and let go an acrobatic layup in traffic as the buzzer sounded. The ball kissed high off the glass and fell true.

More pandemonium.

Posley shot 11-for-30 this week, for 34 total points in the two games (but four of the biggest). He added 13 total rebounds and four assists.

For the pair of late game heroics, Marcus Posley is our Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week.

This week's freshman award was a tight contest between four players, but ultimately it came down to who had the most well-rounded week.

On Wednesday, Jalen Hayes scored 16 points and dished 10 assists for Oakland as the Golden Grizzlies beat UIC, 91-77. He added three rebounds and three steals in the victory.

He followed that up Sunday with a 21-point effort against Horizon League leading Valparaiso. He added six rebounds and four steals, but it wasn't enough in an 82-76 loss.

It was enough combined though to net Hayes the Mid-Major Madness Player of the Week award.

Other players considered: DeSean Murray, Presbyterian; Christian Sengfelder, Fordham; Schadrac Casimir, Iona.