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Former Billings Skyview standout RayQuan Evans scores 24 points in Florida State win

RayQuan Evans
Posted at 10:46 AM, Jan 14, 2021

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Former Billings Skyview High School standout RayQuan Evans had a career night in helping Florida State to a 105-73 men's basketball win over North Carolina State on Wednesday.

Evans, who is in his second season with the Seminoles after a stellar career at North Idaho College, scored 24 points, his career-high at the NCAA Division I level. Evans made 9 of 11 shots in the game, including a 2-for-2 mark from 3-point range. He was also a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line and added six rebounds and two assists in just 19 minutes of action. The six rebounds were also a career-high.

Evans, a 6-foot-4 guard, drew the start in place of Scottie Barnes and made an immediate impact, sinking a 3-pointer just 21 seconds into the game. The Seminoles tied their ACC record with 57 first-half points en route to a 57-32 lead at halftime. Evans scored 13 of his points in the first half.

In eight games this season, Evans is averaging 7.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. He's shooting at 47.4% clip from the floor, 45.5% from 3-point range and 91.7% from the free throw line.

Evans graduated from Skyview in 2017. He averaged 14.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game as a junior, helping the Falcons win their second consecutive Class AA state championship. Evans averaged 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game as a senior as Skyview earned a third-place trophy.

Evans then spent two seasons at North Idaho College, a junior college in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Playing in the Northwest Athletic Conference, Evans averaged 18.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists as a sophomore in leading NIC to its second consecutive NWAC championship. He was the conference tournament MVP and was named the league’s men’s basketball player of the year in 2019.

Evans signed with Florida State in 2019 and played in 29 games for the Seminoles during the 2019-20 season. He's played in all eight games this season and is averaging just shy of 18 minutes per game.

Florida State (6-2 overall, 2-1 ACC) next hosts North Carolina on Saturday.