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Safford named Maine's Co-Rookie of the Week

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates first-year guard Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) received Maine Co-Rookie of the Week honors on Tuesday from the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association, as the MMBCWA released its first weekly awards of the 2011-12 season.

Safford, a 6-1 guard, began his collegiate career in impressive fashion, setting the program's single-game record for steals, with eight, to go with 13 points in a 71-69 win over UMaine-Fort Kent on Friday in the opening game of the Bates Tipoff Classic. Safford followed by scoring a team-high 14 points and grabbing five rebounds in Bates' 66-55 loss to Wentworth on Sunday.

Safford shares the honor with University of New England guard Jordan Ferreira.

Safford and the Bobcats play their first road game of the season tonight at the University of Southern Maine, tipping off after the women's game at 7:30pm.

MMBCWA Weekly Report #1