After one of the top opening-night performances in the country, junior forward Jordan Murphy was recognized Monday as the Big Ten Player of the Week. Murphy earned the award for the second time in his career, after doing so February 13 last year.
Murphy shattered his career highs on Friday against USC Upstate. The San Antonio, Texas native had career-high totals in five categories, finishing with his 22nd career double-double of 35 points and 15 rebounds. Murphy is the first Minnesota player with 35 points in a game since Andre Hollins recorded a career-best 41 points vs. Memphis on Nov. 23, 2012.
Murphy's career-bests were for points, field goals made (13), field goals attempted (22), free throws made (9) and free throws attempted (15). His previous career-high had been 25 points versus Iowa on Feb. 8, 2017.
His scoring and rebounding totals is the highest in a single game by any Big Ten player in the nascent season, and his scoring total ties for 20th highest chool history with Willie Burton (1990 vs. Georgia Tech) and Mychal Thompson (1976 vs. Purdue.)
Murphy and the Gophers are back in action tonight, facing Providence in the Gavitt Tipoff Games. Tipoff from the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence is set for 5:30 p.m. CT.
Preview: Gophers vs. Ohio State
1/19/2018 - M. Basketball
Minnesota heads to Madison Square Garden Saturday for a matchup with the conference-leading Buckeyes.
Minnesota Downed by Maryland, 77-66
1/18/2018 - M. Basketball
Kevin Huerter scored 19 points, Anthony Cowan Jr. had a career-high 10 assists and Maryland used a strong second half to beat cold-shooting Minnesota 77-66 Thursday night.
Minnesota Gets B1G Road Win Over Penn State, 95-84
1/15/2018 - M. Basketball
Dupree McBrayer scored 14 of a career-high 24 points in the second half and overtime and Minnesota beat Penn State 95-84 on Monday night.