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Two Bulls freshmen earn AAC honors

USF freshman Jahmal McMurray, who scored 30 points in Saturday's victory at Houston, has been named American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times

USF freshman Jahmal McMurray, who scored 30 points in Saturday's victory at Houston, has been named American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.

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USF PG Jahmal McMurray and SG Kitija Laksa have been named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week (men's) and Freshman of the Week (women's), respectively.

McMurray scored 30 points -- most by a conference freshman this season -- in 40 minutes in the Bulls' 71-62 upset of Houston on Saturday. The point total was the most by a Bulls freshman since Dominique Jones' 31 in a four-point loss to Seton Hall on Feb. 26, 2008.

In two games last week, McMurray totaled 79 minutes, finishing 6-for-11 from 3-point range.

"I mean, what can you say? "He's just continued to grow," Coach Orlando Antigua said Monday.

"He was a kid that we knew could make baskets. You don't score 2,000 points in a high school career if you can't shoot the ball and make some baskets. But his growth, his leadership, how he's continued to improve, his decision making on the court -- those are the things that from the start of the season to now you see that continues to get you excited."

Laksa, meantime, totaled 49 points in two contests, including 29 in Sunday's 88-49 romp of UCF. The 6-foot Latvian finished 7-for-10 from 3-point range in that game, four days after going 7-for-15 in an overtime loss at Memphis.

Senior classmate Courtney Williams made the AAC's weekly women's honor roll after totaling 42 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the two contests. Williams enters Wednesday night's home contest against Houston needing only five points to overtake Shantia Grace (1,941 points) for second place on USF's career list.

[Last modified: Monday, January 25, 2016 2:26pm]

    

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