Evans III goes off for 50 points in a rout over ACU

By TJ Mathewson // ASU Men’s Basketball Beat Writer for Blaze Sports

TEMPE, Ariz.     It’s safe to say that Shannon Evans II is ready for the regular season.

The senior guard put on a shooting clinic in the desert Friday night, dropping 50 points in ASU’s 115-69 win over Arizona Christian in the Devils’ final exhibition game.

“He was special out there,” coach Bobby Hurley said on Evans. “I didn’t have to call many plays in the second half (because of him).”

ASU really needed to finish out exhibition play strong after a couple of underwhelming performances, a nail biting win over Northern State in 2OT 98-90 and a close win at University of San Diego 85-77.

“We are just trying to get better, as all teams do,” Hurley said on what his team’s goal was for the exhibition games. “We are going exert energy and pressure the ball and try and get some turnovers and rebounds.”

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“Right now, you don’t want to play your best basketball,” Evans said. “You want it to come in January and February. I feel like we are in the right stride to get there.”

Evans sat out the last game versus USD due to a stomach virus, but felt good enough to play today, and it showed.

“Today, I woke up and felt great, my stomach didn’t hurt and coach said I could play,” Evans said. “I had a lot of energy and I really wanted to get back out on the court.”

It clearly showed.

Evans got those 50 points on just 26 shots, including 11/18 from three, showing incredible efficiency from the field. The next closest Sun Devil in scoring was Kimani Lawrence with 18 points.

“You don’t want to get too caught up in yourself, you still want to get everyone else their touches,” Evans said. “But it got to the point where every time down the court, they were passing me the ball and saying ‘go ahead and shoot, we don’t care.’”

Remy Martin made his name heard in the stat sheet once again, putting up 13 points, eight assists and four steals.

“He brings a whole new dimension on defense that we can use,” Hurley said on Martin. “Everyone gets excited watching him do what he does.”

“He does it every day,” Evans said on Martin. “He brings energy and passion to us, he’s been great.”

The Sun Devils were consistent when shooting the ball on the evening, finishing 63% from the field and 52.9% from three.

The defense however was a different story.

In the first half, ASU allowed ACU to shoot 53.6% from the field. That shrunk to 29.4% shooting in the second half, a huge part to ASU eventually pulling away and only allowing 29 second-half points.

“Early on a team is going to make some shots,” Hurley said on the defense in the second half. “But as the game progresses and you keep the pressure on them, they might not always shoot as well.”

Three ACU players made it into double-digits points, led by Matt Willkomm with 21 points and five rebounds.

ASU opens the regular season on November 10th at home versus Idaho State.

TJ Mathewson is a beat writer for Blaze Sports covering ASU Men’s Basketball. You can reach out to him at tjm5518@gmail.com or follow TJ on Twitter @TJM5518

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