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Top 5 Games from Bryce Cotton’s All Big East Season

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Bryce Cotton finished his junior year as one of only four Friars to ever lead the Big East in scoring.  His 56 made three pointers in conference play were also a Big East high while his 88 on the year is the third highest total in Providence history (Billy Donovan leads with 97).

Cotton diversified his game in 2011-12, handling point guard duties in the absence of the injured Vincent Council in the first semester.  A spot-up shooter a season ago, Cotton took 163 free throws this season – up from 101 as a sophomore.

For his efforts he is just the 10th Friar to be named All Big East 1st Team.  Here’s a look back at his top five games from the 2012-13 season.

Honorable mention: 24 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 4-7 from 3 in an 81-49 victory over Bryant.  Cotton had never been asked to play point guard in his Providence career, but was thrust into that role after Council went down with a hamstring injury in the season opener just two days prior.  Cotton was more than ready for the challenge, not only running the team, but snaring a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with 24 points.

5. 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists in a 72-67 win against UNC Asheville.  Providence had suffered through a pair of difficult losses to kick off their trip to Puerto Rico – falling to UMass at the buzzer and in overtime versus Penn State.  Cotton was sidelined for the Penn State game with an ankle sprain and questionable for Asheville until tipoff when he decided to give it a go.  He was unstoppable late, scoring 11 points in the game’s final seven minutes – a game in which PC trailed at both the seven and three minute marks.  With Providence up one with under two minutes to play he converted a layup and did the same with 45 seconds to go and PC leading by just two.

4. 33 points, 7-14 from 3 in a 71-68 loss to Boston College.  Although the Friars lost to BC, Cotton got a measure of personal revenge against a coaching staff that had recruited him before determining he wasn’t good enough to play for them. He was a one man force for the Friars with Kadeem Batts battling through foul trouble and nearly single-handedly willed them to victory.  The 33 points were a season high.

3. 24 points, 7-10 shooting, 5-8 from 3 in a 72-66 loss to Syracuse.  Cotton nearly shot Providence past Syracuse in a January game at the Dunk. He was sizzling in a first half that saw him make five 3 pointers in the game’s first 12 minutes and PC led by nine late in the first before the Orange pulled away in the final five minutes of the game.

2. 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 three pointers in a 62-59 win over St. John’s.  In what was the Friars’ last big win in conference play, PC won in a grind at the Dunk behind another long range shooting display from Cotton who hit four 3 pointers in the final 15 minutes of the game.

1. 18 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, game winner on the road against Villanova. He’s had better stat lines this season, but no one hit a bigger shot than Cotton’s last second three pointer to lift Providence over the Wildcats in the closing seconds.  The Friars had controlled the second half, yet gagged away their lead in a comedy of turnovers late, but Cotton sunk a three from the top of the key to win it for Providence.  The win turned the Friars’ season around, as they went on to win six of their next seven games.

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