Daily tournament awards

Bryce Cotton scored 36 points as Providence came up just short against North Carolina. Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports

PLAYER OF THE DAY: Bryce Cotton, Providence

He had 36 points (13-of-23 field goals) in a tough loss to North Carolina.


Bob Hoffman's team was not intimidated in a win over Duke.

COACH OF THE DAY: Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin

The Lumberjacks won their 29th straight game, rallying from a 10-point deficit to edge VCU in overtime.

SHOCK OF THE DAY: Mercer over Duke

The third-seeded Blue Devils were stunned as Mercer went on a late 20-8 run to earn the upset.

UNEXPECTED HEROES OF THE DAY: Jakob Gollon, Mercer; Evan Nolte, Virginia; and Jacob Parker, Stephen F. Austin

Gollon averaged less than eight points per game during the regular season; he had 20 in the upset of Duke. Nolte had scored a total of nine points in his prior eight games; he had eight points in a key stretch for the Cavs. Parker scored 22 against VCU.