Kent State's Chris Evans earns top MAC honor

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Record-Courier staff report

Kent State senior forward Chris Evans picked up his second Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week Award the young 2012-13 season on Monday.

Evans shared Monday's honor with Ohio's Walter Offutt, after leading the Golden Flashes to a 2-0 week that included the first win ever by a MAC team against Nebraska. It was the first road victory for the KSU program over a Big Ten opponent since 1970.

Evans led Kent State by averaging 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds, while shooting over 66 percent from the field

The 6-foot-8 senior offered a signature performance on Saturday night against the Huskers, as he connected on 8-of-9 shots on the way to a team-best 19 points and six rebounds in a 74-60 win at Nebraska.

Evans scored five of his points in a 9-2 spurt to start the second half that put Kent State in the lead for good. He added another critical jumper with 10 minutes left after Nebraska had trimmed the lead to a single point.

Earlier in the week, Evans produced a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Golden Flashes defeated Bethune-Cookman 69-68.

On the year, Evans leads Kent State in scoring (17.2 ppg), rebounding (7.2 rpg) assists (2.2 apg), steals (2.4 spg), blocks (1.0 bpg), field-goal percentage (.597) and free-throw percentage (.781).

It's the third time in Evans' career he has been honored.

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