April 3, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's basketball team earned three awards at the 2013-14 Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 2. Head Coach Ed Cooley earned the Joe Mullaney Award for the Men's Coach of the Year, senior guard Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.) earned the Bill Reynolds Award for the Men's Player of the Year and the team earned the Dave Gavitt Award for the Team of the Year. The luncheon was held on the campus of Rhode Island College in the Recreation Center.
Cooley was named Coach of the Year for the Joe Mullaney Award after leading the Friars to the team's second BIG EAST Tournament title and first since 1994. He also guided the team to a 23-12 mark and the Friars' first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004. The 23 wins are the most by a Friar squad since the 1997 team finished with a 24-12 record. Providence finished the BIG EAST season with a 10-8 mark and placed fourth in conference standings. On Wednesday, March 19 Cooley was named one of 15 finalists for the 2014 Jim Phelan Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top Division I men's basketball coach.
Cotton earned the Bill Reynolds Award as the Rhode Island Division I Men's Players of the Year. Cotton earns the award after leading the BIG EAST in assists with 6.1 apg in league contests. The senior also ranked second in the BIG EAST in scoring (21.8 ppg, 23.4 ppg BIG EAST play). He ranks ninth in the nation in scoring this season at 21.8 ppg. The senior has also been named 2014 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America, BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player, First Team All-BIG EAST, Lute Olson All-America Team, NBC Sports.com Second Team All-America, NABC All-District 5 First Team and USBWA All-District 1 First Team.
The men's basketball team won the Dave Gavitt Award for the Team of the Year. The Friars finished as BIG EAST Tournament Champions and posted a 23-12 overall record. In the BIG EAST Championship, the Friars topped No. 14 Creighton, 65-58, in the Championship Game at Madison Square Garden. It is Providence's second BIG EAST Tournament Championship in the 35-year history of the BIG EAST. PC's season ended after being defeated by North Carolina, 79-77, on Friday, March 21 in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Providence was making its 16th appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament and their first since 2004.
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