By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON, Texas — For the sixth straight week and the 10th 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 becomes the first player in league history to earn the award six consecutive weeks.
Evans averaged 27.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.5 assists. He shot 52.8% (19-of-36) from the field, 35.7% (5-of-14) from three and 85.7% (12-of-14) from the free throw line.
The freshman opened the week by scoring 27 points against Charlotte while recording four steals and three rebounds. Evans began the game by scoring Rice’s first 10 points.
Two days later, the Chesapeake, Va., native scored 28 points against Old Dominion, including 19 in the second half. It was his 19th 20-point game of the season and the eighth in his last nine games. He also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals. In the final eight minutes, Evans scored 12 of 14 points to help cut a 17-point deficit to three points.
Evans moved into third-place in Conference USA history among freshman for points in a season with 658, passing Memphis’ Tyreke Evans. He also set the C-USA freshman record for scoring average in conference games only with 22.3 and became the first freshman in conference history to score 400 points in C-USA game only.
Louisiana Tech’s Alex Hamilton was named Conference USA Player of the Week.