BUFFALO, NY – Junior Justin Moss picked up his most prestigious honor on Wednesday morning as the Detroit, MI native was named the 2015 Mid-American Conference Player Of The Year, the conference office announced from its headquarters in Cleveland. Moss, who received 21 of 27 first-place votes, becomes the second straight UB player to be named Player of the Year following Javon McCrea last season. In all, the Bulls have won Player of the Year honors in three of the last four seasons as Mitchell Watt took home top honors in 2012. Moss is UB's fourth player of the year as Turner Battle won the award in 2005.
"Justin has been the anchor of our team this year and we are where we are because of his play this season," said head coach Bobby Hurley. "He has made the transition of losing a key component like Javon last season very easy for me. He is so much fun to coach because he is a warrior and you can coach him very hard. He is so effective in different areas on the floor, that it has been hard for other teams to match up with him."
Moss has averaged 18.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, both tops in the league. Moss was named one of 16 finalists for the Karl Malone Award, given to the nation's top power forward and was named first-team All-MAC on Monday.
Stepping in following the graduation of McCrea, Moss has 14 double-doubles on the year and has led the Bulls in scoring 18 times and in rebounding 21 times. Moss has also scored at least 20 points 13 times including two 30-point games. Moss had a career-high 33 points against Toledo and also had a 31-point, 15-rebound game in a win over Miami (OH), becoming the first player in the country this year to have a 30-point, 15-rebound game against a Division I opponent. Moss also had a career-high 17 rebounds against Ohio. He currently has scored 551 points this year, fifth most in a single season and his 281 rebounds are seventh all-time.
UB has now become the first team since Ohio in 1992 and 1993 to win MAC Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons with different players. Moss also becomes the first non-senior to win the award since Kent State's Justin Greene in 2011.
Moss and the Bulls will begin Mid-American Conference Tournament play on Friday evening in the Semifinal Round. The opponent is still to be determined, but tip off is approximately 9pm and the game can be seen on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and ESPN3.