Dec. 5, 2016
By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON -- Sophomore guard Marcus Evans was named the Conference USA Player of the Week, the conference office announce Monday afternoon.
Evans led Rice to a 1-1 record on the week, averaging 29.0 points, 6.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 rebounds. He connected on 57.1% from the field, 53.3% from three and 78.3% from the free throw line.
Evans opened the week by leading Rice to a 90-77 win over Houston Baptist. He recorded his fourth career 30-point game, scoring a season-high 31 points while dishing out a career-high eight assists. He was 9-of-12 from the field, 2-of-4 from three and 11-of-15 from the free throw line.
The Chesapeake, Va., native came back with a team-high 27 points, four rebounds and four assists at Texas Tech. After picking up two early fouls that limited him to just 11 minutes in the first half, Evans scored 20 points in the second half. Evans also connected on a career-high six three-pointers and was 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
With his performances, Evans has scored 20 points in three straight games and seven of Rice's first eight. Evans leads Conference USA with 23.1 points, which is also eighth in the country (as of Dec. 4).
This is Evans' first career award and Rice's second Player of the Week this year. Egor Koulechov earned the honor on Nov. 14. It is the first time that Rice has won the award at least twice in a season since 2010-11 and the first time two different players have won the award since 2004-05 when Michael Harris and Jason McKrieth were named Western Athletic Conference Players of the Week.