For the second time in as many weeks, junior forward Jordan Murphy was selected as the top performer in the Big Ten, earning Player of the Week honors on Monday. Murphy has now captured the award three times in his career.
The San Antonio, Texas native continued his torrid start to the season, rattling off double-doubles in each of the Gophers' three wins last week.
Murphy began the week with a dominant performance at Providence in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds while adding three blocks and two assists. Two days later, Murphy chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds in the 107-81 victory over Niagara. Sunday evening, Murphy took control of the game in the second half with 23 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals against Western Carolina. 17 of his points came in the second half against the Catamounts, while he posted a career performance at the free throw line, going 15-for-19 (78.9 percent).
He is the first Gopher to win Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks, and one of just four to ever garner the award multiple times in a season. Murphy joins Kris Humphries (2003-04), Joel Pryzbilla (1999-2000) and Quincy Lewis (1998-99) as the only Minnesota players to do so. Lewis was the only Gopher to earn the award three times in a season.
Additionally, he is the first Big Ten player to win back-to-back weekly honors since Ethan Happ on Jan. 23 and 30 last season.
Murphy, who is averaging Big Ten highs of 24.8 points and 12.8 rebounds per game, is currently third in the nation with three double doubles, 19th in rebounds and 43rd in total points. Murphy's 4.67 offensive rebounds per game are 15th in the country.
Murphy and the Gophers continue a busy seven-day stretch on Tuesday as they host Alabama A&M at 7:00 p.m.
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