After helping lead the Gopher men’s basketball team to a pair of victories last week, guard Amir Coffey has been selected the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season. Coffey previously won the award on Nov. 21.
Coffey led the team in scoring in both victories at Northwestern on Thursday and at home against Ohio State Sunday night. Against the Wildcats, the Hopkins, Minn., native scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a career-high three 3-pointers. He added four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in the 70-66 victory in Evanston.
In Sunday’s 78-68 win over the Buckeyes, Coffey poured in 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting, adding five assists and four rebounds in 34 minutes of action.
Coffey is the Gophers’ second leading scorer, averaging 12.8 points per game, while ranking second in steals (20) and third in assists (47) among the 15-2 Gophers. In Minnesota’s four Big Ten games, Coffey is averaging 15.2 points on 51.2 percent field goal shooting, and has scored in double-digits in three of the last four games. Coffey is the Big Ten’s second-leading freshman scorer.
He is the second Gopher to win the Freshman of the Week award twice in one season, as Jordan Murphy did so last year on Dec. 7 and Dec. 22.
Coffey and the Gophers return to action on Wednesday night, traveling to Michigan State for a 6:00 p.m. rematch with the Spartans.
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