By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON, Texas — For the third straight week and the seventh 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 second player in Conference USA history to win the award seven times, joining Tulane’s Ricky Tarrant (2012). He is also just the third player in C-USA history to win the award three straight weeks, joining Tarrant and Kareem Canty of Marshall (2014).
Evans led Rice to a 1-1 record on the week. He averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 48.1% (13-of-27) from the field, 33.3% (2-of-6) from three and 80.0% (12-of-15) from the free throw line.
The freshman opened the week by recording a game-high 20 points and two steals at Charlotte. Evans was 8-of-15 from the field, 2-of-5 from three and 2-of-3 from the line. Two days later, the Chesapeake, Va., native returned to his hometown and led the Owls to a 75-66 victory at Old Dominion. The freshman had team-highs of 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists. He was 10-of-12 from the free throw line, including four-of-five in the final six minutes. The 20 points gave him his third straight 20-point game and is his 14th of the year.
He now has 144 made free throws on the year, moving him into 11th-place on the school single-season list. He also has 49 steals, placing him 12th on the single-season list. His 494 points also place his 23rd on the single-single school list and is tied for 12th in Conference USA freshmen history.
Louisiana Tech’s Erik McCree was named the C-USA Player of the Week.