By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON — Sophomore guard Marcus Evans was named the Conference USA Player of the Week by both C-USA and College Sports Madness, announced Monday afternoon.
Evans led Rice to road wins at FIU and Florida Atlantic, averaging 27.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists while connecting on 45.7% (16-of-35) from the field, 42.9% (6-of-14) from three and a perfect 17-of-17 from the free throw line.
The sophomore began the week by helping Rice to an 89-78 victory at FIU. Evans led all players with 27 points while grabbing a season-high tying six rebounds and adding four assists. With the game tied at 59, Evans scored 12 points in a 21-8 run to clinch the game for the Owls.
The Chesapeake, Va., native followed that up with a game-high 28 points and six rebounds in an 81-75 overtime victory at Florida Atlantic, bringing Rice back from an 11-point deficit. With Rice trailing by three with 3:03 left in the second half, Evans scored Rice’s final six points in the period to send the game into overtime. His basket with 33 seconds left in overtime was the difference, giving Rice the lead that it would not relinquish.
This is Evans’ second Player of the Week award this year and Rice’s third of the season. Egor Koulechov earned the honor on Nov. 14. It is the first time Rice has had someone win the award twice in a season since Arsalan Kazemi in 2010-11 and the first time the team has won it three times since 2005-06.