By BRENDAN McGAIR
SAN ANTONIO â€“ In his final game in a PC Friar uniform, Bryce Cotton made a fan in North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.
After watching Cotton torch his Tar Heels for 36 points, Williams pointed out, â€śIâ€™ve coached a long time, guys. Iâ€™ve had a lot of people play great against me. Lindsey Hunter is an NBA coach, he got 47 points against us one year. Anthony Peeler of Virginia got like 45 against us one night, and we won the game. We held Big Country, Bryant Reeves, to zero and Randy Rutherford got 43, but we won the game.â€ť
Here it comes, Friar fans â€¦
â€śBryce Cotton played one of the best games that Iâ€™ve ever seen anybody play against us,â€ť praised Williams. â€śMy whole thought defensively was what could we do to stop him? Heâ€™s a sneaky little rascal, too. It was an impressive performance, and I said that to him when we were shaking hands.â€ť
For one final time this season, PC head coach Ed Cooley took the opportunity to speak on Cottonâ€™s behalf.
â€śIâ€™ve been saying the whole year that I think Bryce is one of the top guards in all of America. For whatever reason, he didnâ€™t get the national love,â€ť said Cooley. â€śI think today if there is somebody in this national tournament that does that, they would be considered Superman. That kid has been doing that for us all year. I thought he was a legit first-round pick tonight.â€ť
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