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Cotton named Big East Player of the Week for second time

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On Tuesday, Providence College senior guard Bryce Cotton was named Big East Men's Basketball Player of the Week. This marks the second time this season that the Tuscon, Ariz.-native has been named Player of the Week, and 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.

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For the week, Cotton averaged 25.0 points, 7.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds for the Friars, who were 1-1 for the week. He also shot 7-for-13 (54 percent) from beyond the three-point arc, went 15-for-17 from the free-throw line, and played all 90 minutes in the Friars' two games, including a heart-breaking double-overtime 82-79 loss to nationally ranked Villanova on Feb.18—a game in which Cotton scored a game-high 22 points, and added nine assists and seven rebounds.

In the Friars' 87-81 win at Butler on Sunday, he scored a game-high 28 points and added six assists. Cotton was 5-for-7 (71 percent) from three-point territory and a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. He leads the nation in minutes played 39.9 per game, leads the Big East in assists (5.9 per game) and is second in the conference scoring (21.5 points per game). The 6-1 senior point guard is trying to become just the fifth player from a major conference to average 20 or more points and five or more assists in a season since 2002.

The Friars (18-10 overall, 8-7 Big East) will return to action on Friday when the travel to Newark, N.J., where they will take on 14-13, 5-9 Seton Hall at the Prudential Center. Tip-off is at 7 p.m., and the game will be televised CBS Sports Network. The Friars hope to avenge a double-overtime loss to the Pirates at The Dunk on New Year's Eve.

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