Ex-Gonzaga basketball star Evans dies

THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013

Former Gonzaga Bulldogs men’s basketball player Rich Evans died Oct. 9 in Salina, Kan.

Evans played for the Zags from 1947-50 and still ranks 13th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,507 points. Evans held the top spot until 1955 when Jerry Vermillion finished his career with 1,547 points.

Evans was born in Kingman, Kan., in 1928. He was a member of Gonzaga’s first postseason team, when the Bulldogs advanced to the NAIA National Championships in 1948 and finished with a 1-1 record.

Evans was a postal clerk for 24 years until he retired in 1989.


Clark Phillips scored a pair of goals and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-3-3, 3-1-3) snapped a 24-match winless streak on the road in West Coast Conference play with a 2-1 victory over the Portland Pilots (8-7, 3-4).

• Bridger Peres made seven saves and the Community Colleges of Spokane men (12-4-3, 7-3-2) played Walla Walla (12-1-3, 9-0-3) to a 0-0 tie in a NWAACC match between the top two teams in the East Division in Walla Walla.

• Olivia Rodgers scored twice and Alli Madril had a goal and two assists as the host Walla Walla women (17-1-1, 13-1-1) posted a 5-0 win over CC Spokane (13-1-4, 11-1-3) in a NWAACC match between the top two teams in the East Division.

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