Saturday in the BIG EAST had tremendous action and drama. The day included two overtime games, a two-point contest and a No. 1 team falling to a conference foe with a history of knocking off top-ranked teams at home.
The day started with Georgetown coming up with a late rally to defeat Rutgers 52-50. Freshman forward Otto Porter scored the game’s final six points, including two free throws with 8.5 seconds left to lift the Hoyas.
Two more afternoon contests went into overtime. Villanova edged St. John’s 79-76 at Madison Square Garden behind the play of red-hot guard Maalik Wayns who scored 28 points. He has 92 points in his last three games.
West Virginia and Cincinnati played an extra five minutes in Morgantown before the Mountaineers prevailed 77-74. Forward Kevin Jones continued his outstanding season with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
Notre Dame contined its legacy of defeating No. 1 teams when it beat Syracuse 67-58. The Irish jumped to a 12-4 lead, held a 35-23 advantage at halftime, then resisted a late rally by the Orange.
Marquette and Louisville picked up road wins. The Golden Eagles won 79-72 in Providence and the Cardinals took a 73-62 decision in Pittsburgh. Connecticut stepped outside the league and lost 60-57 at Tennessee.
USF at DePaul is the lone Sunday game on the BIG EAST schedule. The surprising Bulls are 4-2 in league play.