March 3, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced on Monday, March 3 that senior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) was named BIG EAST Player of the Week. It marks the second consecutive week and the third time this season he has been named Player of the Week.
In the Friars' only game last week, Cotton led the team to a 74-69 win at Seton Hall on Friday. He scored a game-high 24 points, dished off three assists and grabbed four rebounds. He did not commit a turnover in the win. Cotton was 6-12 from the field and 11-12 from the free throw line. Cotton leads the nation in minutes played (39.9) and leads the BIG EAST in assists (5.8) and ranks second in scoring (21.6).
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 21.6 ppg and 5.8 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 (19-10, 9-7) will return to action on Tuesday, March 3 when they host Marquette for the final home game of the season at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.