Jan. 26, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross freshman guard R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) has been named the Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week, for competition from Jan. 19-25. This marks the seventh time this season Evans has been named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week, after previously winning the award on Nov. 17, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 29, Jan. 5 and Jan. 19. Evans now has the third most Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards ever in a single season, trailing only Marquis Hall (Lehigh, 2006-2007) and Kevin Bettencourt (Bucknell, 2002-2003) with nine each.
In Wednesday's 74-68 loss at Navy, Evans posted his second double-double of the season with 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. Then during Saturday's 71-62 victory over American, he totaled 16 points and five rebounds. Over the course of the two games, Evans averaged 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while hitting 48.4 percent (15 of 31) of his field goal attempts.
Overall this season, Evans leads the team in scoring with an average of 13.4 points per game, to go along with 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per contest. He has scored in double-figures 15 times this year, including 12 times in the last 14 games.
Holy Cross (9-11 overall, 4-1 Patriot League) returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 28, when it plays host to Colgate at 7:00 p.m.