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Jones, Murray, Blakeney earn Men's Basketball honors

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SEC Player of the Week - Vanderbilt's Damian Jones, a 7-foot, 245-pound junior center from Baton Rouge, La., averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds in wins at Florida and over Kentucky. Jones scored a career-high 27 points against Florida on 12-of-13 (92.3 percent) shooting from the floor, which set a new program record for field goal percentage in a game with 10 or more made shots. In a win over Kentucky, he scored 15 points and had eight rebounds - his sixth consecutive and 71st career game in double figures.

SEC co-Freshmen of the Week - Kentucky's Jamal Murray and LSU's Antonio Blakeney share SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Murray, a 6-foot-4, 207-pound guard from Kitchener, Ontario, averaged 28 points and 6.5 rebounds against Alabama and Vanderbilt. Murray opened the week with 23 points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks in a dominating victory over Alabama. He followed that with his third 30-point outing of the season with 33 points at Vanderbilt on 12-of-20 shooting and six made 3-pointers. Murray was electrifying from the start with a Calipari era-best 21 points in the opening stanza. He also added a career-high-tying and team-high nine rebounds. With six made 3-pointers, Murray broke the single-season freshman record for made 3-pointers. Blakeney, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard from Sarasota, Fla., averaged 27 points and 3.5 rebounds against Arkansas and Florida. Blakeney scored a career-high 32 points and made 8-of-8 free throws in the final 28 seconds to lead the Tigers to a win over Florida. He started the week with a 22-point and six-rebound effort at Arkansas. For the week, Blakeney shot 50 percent (16-of-32) from the field and 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from 3-point range. He has averaged 20 points over last seven games with six games in double figures.