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Maryland's Bruno Fernando named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for second time

Maryland forward Bruno Fernando (23) shoots during the second half of an NCAA basketball game against Rutgers, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 61-51.
Maryland forward Bruno Fernando (23) shoots during the second half of an NCAA basketball game against Rutgers, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in College Park, Md. Maryland won 61-51. (Nick Wass / AP)

Maryland center Bruno Fernando, who made ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 for the third time Saturday after a monstrous dunk, was named the Big Ten’s freshman of the week for the second time Monday.

The 6-foot-10 Angolan followed up a 21-point, nine-rebound, five-assist performance Tuesday in a loss at Nebraska with an 18-point, 16-rebound outing in Saturday’s home win over Rutgers.

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Included in the offensive showing was an alley-oop dunk by Fernando off an inbounds pass from fellow freshman Darryl Morsell (Mount Saint Joseph) that earned him the No. 2 spot on ESPN’s Top 10. Fernando also made his first career 3-point shot after missing two attempts earlier in the season.

Fernando’s 16 rebounds were the most this season by a Terp, eclipsing sophomore guard Kevin Huerter’s 15 against Fairleigh Dickinson. His 21 points against the Cornhuskers tied his career and his five assists were a career-high.

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After seven straight road losses following a Big Ten-road opening win at Illinois, Maryland will face Northwestern in Rosemont, Ill., on Monday.

In the two games, Fernando made 17 of 23 shots, including 8-for-9 against the Scarlet Knights. Fernando was also named the Big Ten’s freshman of the week on Jan. 8 after posting 17 points and 11 rebounds against Penn State and 21 points and 17 rebounds against Iowa.

Fernando has three double-doubles this season. He also had 20 points and 10 rebounds in a Jan. 31 loss at Purdue playing mostly against 7-foot-2, 290-pound senior Isaac Haas.

Fernando wound up with just nine points and six rebounds in 21 minutes in Monday night’s 71-64 win at Northwestern, but backup center Michal Cekovsky finished with eight points and five rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.

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