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Murray Named Big 12 Rookie of the Week

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MORGANTOWN -

West Virginia landed its first player on the weekly Big 12 basketball honors list Monday.

Junior center Aaric Murray was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week following his performance in helping WVU to a 2-0 week.

Murray averaged 11 points and 8.5 rebounds in wins over Marshall in Charleston and Virginia Tech at home in Morgantown.

On Wednesday, the 6-foot-10 center kicked off his week with seven points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots in the Capital Classic before adding 15 points, seven boards, a block and an assist in handing the Hokies their first loss of the season on Saturday.

The big man even showed off some of his range with two 3-pointers, a part of his game that Murray says he will continue to take advantage of if opponents leave him open on the perimeter.

"If I don't shoot it, they'll continue to sag off, so it's like make them respect us," Murray said Saturday. "Stretch the defense out to help the offense."

Murray and the Mountaineers (4-3) travel to Pittsburgh Tuesday night to take on Duquesne (5-4) in a 7 p.m. tipoff from Consol Energy Center.

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