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Ben McLemore wins Big 12 rookie of the week

Kansas guard Ben McLemore roars after dunking against Texas during a comeback run by the Jayhawks late in the second half on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

Kansas guard Ben McLemore roars after dunking against Texas during a comeback run by the Jayhawks late in the second half on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

January 21, 2013

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Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore was named the Big 12's rookie of the week, the conference announced Monday morning.

McLemore led the Jayhawks to victories over Baylor (61-44) and at Texas (64-59), as KU extended its win streak to 15 games.

The freshman averaged 16.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in the two games, shooting 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the field and 57.1 percent (4-of-7) from three-point range. He also added five steals and three blocked shots.

In KU's come-from-behind win at Texas, he scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, helping the Jayhawks rebound from an 11-point, second-half deficit.

McLemore leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring and also is first on his team with 16.4 points per game. He is fourth in the league in field goal percentage (.508) and ranks second from the free throw line (88.1 percent).

This is the third Big 12 honor this season for McLemore, who was selected as Big 12 rookie of the week on Dec. 24 and Big 12 player of the week on Jan. 14.

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