By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON, Texas -- For the second straight week and the sixth time this year, Marcus Evans was named Conference USA Freshman of the Week in a vote by the media, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.
He becomes the first Owl to earn the award six times.
Evans is just the second player to be named Freshman of the Week at least six times, joining Tulane's Ricky Tarrant who won the award seven times in 2012. Rice is also just the second school to earn the award at least seven times in a season, joining Tulane in 2012.
The freshman led Rice to a 1-1 record on the week. Evans averaged 20.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.0 steals. He shot 41.4% (12-of-29) from the field, 25.0% (3-of-12) from three and 92.9% (13-of-14) from the free throw line.
He opened the week by recording 17 points, four rebounds and three assists against Louisiana Tech. Evans was 6-of-14 from the field, 3-of-7 from three and 2-of-2 from the line. The 17 points also made him Rice's all-time leading freshman scorer, passing Brent Scott's total of 427 in 1989-90.
Two days later, the Chesapeake, Va., native led the Owls to a 72-65 win over Southern Miss. The freshman scored a game-high 23 points, including 17 in the second half. He was 11-of-12 from the free throw line, including 9-of-10 in the final six minutes. The 23 points gave him his 12th 20-point game of the year, setting a new Rice freshman record. Evans also had three rebounds, two assists and tied his season-high with five steals.
He now has 132 made free throws on the year, moving him into 16th-place on the school single-season list. He also has 46 steals, placing him fourth on the freshman list.
Old Dominion's Trey Freeman was named the C-USA Player of the Week.