By Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Kendrick Nunn’s 19 points in a win over Minnesota has earned the Illinois guard the Big Ten’s freshman player of the week award.

The conference announced the award Monday.

Nunn’s 19 points included 10 during a key eight-minute stretch late in the Illini’s 62-49 win at Minnesota on Wednesday. The win was just the second in the last 10 games for Illinois (15-12, 4-10 Big Ten)

The 6-3 Chicago Simeon graduate hit on a career-high five 3-pointers. That’s more than any other Illinois player in a game this season.

Nunn is averaging 12 points a game since he became a starter four games ago.

Michigan guard Nik Stauskas was the conference’s player of the week.

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