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March 2, 2009

Tech's Kevin Murphy wins second OVC Freshman of the Week honor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech's Kevin Murphy has been chosen as co-Freshman of the Week in the Ohio Valley Conference, the second time this season that the 6-foot-6 Golden Eagle rookie has been selected for the award. He shares the honor this week with Murray State's Ivan Aska.

Murphy scored 21 points on 7-of-12 (58.3%) shooting as Tech topped Jacksonville State, 91-74, in the regular season finale Saturday to secure the No. 8 seed in the OVC Tournament. Murphy also pulled down six rebounds, had two assists and a steal. He was 6-of-6 from the free throw line and is 12-of-14 from the charity stripe over the past three games.

The freshman from Fairburn, Ga., currently ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 9.0 points per game. His average against the league is 10.2 points per contests, which is third on the squad.

Drake Reed of Austin Peay was chosen the OVC Player of the Week, while Isaac Miles of Murray State captured the Newcomer of the Week award.

Murphy and the Golden Eagles head to Martin, Tenn., to face the No. 1 seeded UT Martin Skyhawks on Tuesday night, with tipoff at 7 p.m.