Friars Bryce Cotton Big East Player of the Week

PC news release…

was announced today (Feb. 24) that Providence College senior guard
Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) was named BIG EAST Men's Basketball Player
of the Week.  It marks the second time
this season that he has been named Player of the Week.  It is the first
time a PC player has earned multiple BIG EAST Player of the Week honors
since Marshon Brooks was named Player of the Week three times in 2011.


Cotton led the
Friars to a 1-1 week as he averaged 25.0 points, 7.5 assists and 5.0
rebounds for the Friars.  He also shot 7-13 from three point territory,
15-17 from the free throw line and played all 90
minutes in the Friars' two games, which included a double-overtime
82-79 loss to nationally ranked Villanova on February 18. 


Cotton scored
a game-high 22 points, and added nine assists and seven rebounds
against the Wildcats.  In the Friars' 87-81 win at
Butler on February 23, he scored a game-high 28 points and added six
assists.  Cotton was 5-7 from three-point territory and 7-7 from the
free-throw line.  Cotton leads the nation in minutes played 39.9 per
game.  He leads the BIG EAST in assists (5.9 apg)
and ranks second in scoring (21.5 ppg). 


Cotton is
trying to become the fifth player from a major conference to average 20
or more points and five or more assists in a season since 2002.  Cotton
is averaging 21.5 ppg and 5.9 apg.  The four players
that accomplished this since 2002 were Jason Williams of Duke (21.3
ppg, 5.3 apg in 2001-02); Tyrese Rice of Boston  College (21.0ppg, 5.0
apg in 2007-08); Evan Turner of Ohio State (20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg in
2009-10) and Nolan Smith of Duke (20.6 ppg, 5.1 apg
in 2010-11).


The Friars (18-10, 8-7) will return to action on Friday, February 28 at Seton Hall at 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.