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Cotton named Big East Player of the Week for third time

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On Monday Providence College senior guard Bryce Cotton was named Big East Player of the Week. This marks the second consecutive week and the third time he has been named the conference's Player of the Week.

In PC's only game last week, a 74-69 win at Seton Hall, Cotton led all scorers with 24 points, dished out three assists and grabbed four rebounds without turning the ball over. The Tuscon, Ariz. native shot 50 percent from the field (6-for-12) and was 11-for-12 from the free throw line. He leads the nation in minutes played (39.9). He also is the Big East's leader in assists (5.8 per game) and No. 2 in scoring with a 21.6 average.

Cotton is trying to become the just fifth player from a major conference to average 20 or more points and five or more assists in a season since 2002. The 6-1 senior point guard is averaging 21.6 points and 5.8 assists per contest. The four players having accomplished this feat since 2002 are Jason Williams, Duke (21.3 ppg, 5.3 apg in 2001-02); Tyrese Rice, Boston College (21.0ppg, 5.0 apg in 2007-08); Evan Turner, Ohio State (20.4 ppg, 6.0 apg in 2009-10); and Nolan Smith, Duke (20.6 ppg, 5.1 apg in 2010-11).

The Friars (19-10, 9-7) return to action on Tuesday when they host Marquette for their final home game of the season. Tip-off at the Dunkin' Donuts Center is at 9 p.m., and the game will be televised Fox Sports 1.