After a pair of 20-point efforts, Bryce McGowens was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Monday afternoon.
McGowens, a 6-foot-7 guard from Pendleton, S.C., averaged 26.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in two games last week. He shot 42 percent from the field, including 43 percent from 3-point range and went 20-of-24 from the line en route to his fourth Big Ten Freshman honor.
Against No. 11 Wisconsin, McGowens had 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including a trio of three-pointers before matching his career high with 29 points against Rutgers two days later. McGowens’ 29 points, including 14-of-18 from the line, against the Scarlet Knights tied NU’s freshman record for a conference game and was one point shy of the school record for points in a game by a freshman.
McGowens enters Tuesday’s game at Michigan averaging 16.7 points per game which is second nationally among all true freshmen. He has scored 20-or-more points in each of the last three games, which marks the first time a Husker freshman has done that since Dave Hoppen in 1982-83.