By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON, Texas — For the fifth straight week and the ninth time this season, Marcus Evans was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week in a vote by the media, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.
He joins Tulane’s Ricky Tarrant as the only players to win the award five straight times.
Evans led Rice to 1-1 record on the week. Evans averaged 25.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 assists. He shot 48.6% (17-of-35) from the field and 82.4% (14-of-17) from the free throw line.
The freshman opened the week by recording his second straight 30-point game and third of the year, scoring a career-high tying 32 points, including 20 after the first half, in a 76-74 overtime victory at Southern Miss. He recorded two rebounds, an assist and a steal while connecting on 12-of-19 from the field, 2-of-7 from three and a perfect 6-of-9 from the line. It was his sixth straight 20-point game. Evans scored 12 of the final 15 points in regulation to help the Owls comeback from an eight-point deficit. He then made the winning free throws with three seconds left in overtime. With his performance, Evans became the all-time freshman scorer in conference games in Conference USA history.
Two days later, the Chesapeake, Va., native scored 18 points at Louisiana Tech. He also had four rebounds, four assists and two steals. He also moved into fourth in Conference USA history among freshman for points in a season with 603 and became just the seventh player in Rice history with 600 points in a season.
Louisiana Tech’s Alex Hamilton was named Conference USA Player of the Week.