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.
Sharing the Wealth
11/17/2017 - M. Basketball
A look at how the Gophers balanced scoring on Wednesday night keyed their victory over Niagara.
Balanced attack leads Minnesota past Niagara
11/15/2017 - M. Basketball
Amir Coffey, Reggie Lynch and Jordan Murphy all scored 18 points as No. 14 Minnesota pulled away from Niagara for a 107-81 victory on Wednesday night.
Minnesota Surges Past Providence, 86-74
11/13/2017 - M. Basketball
Jordan Murphy had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and No 15 Minnesota outlasted Providence 86-74 on Monday night.