BIG EAST teams notched a 7-4 record on Saturday. Four more games are slated for Sunday, and all four will be available on national television on either ESPNU or CBS College Sports.
No. 24/RV Louisville (8-0) notched one of the biggest victories of the day, defeating No. 20/19 UNLV 77-69. Guard Preston Knowles scored 20 second-half points to lead the Cardinals’ charge. The team trailed by as many as nine points with 16:51 remaining, but used a 21-6 run to take control. Louisville is 8-0 for the first time since the Cardinals started the season 10-0 in 1996-97.
No. 23/23 Notre Dame (9-1) defeated Gonzaga 83-79 at Purcell Pavilion. Forward Carleton Scott scored a career-high 23 points, including notching 19 in the first half. The Irish had 19 team assists on 24 made field goals. Forward Tyrone Nash had a team-high five assists. Notre Dame knocked down 11-of-20 from 3-point range, marking the fourth time this season the Irish have hit 10-plus 3s in a game. Notre Dame struggled from the free-throw line, hitting just 24-of-36 for the game (66.7 percent), but guard Ben Hansbrough hit four from the charity stripe in the final minute to ice the game.
Rutgers (6-2) gave the BIG EAST its only win in the SEC-BIG EAST Invitational, notching a 63-54 win over Auburn. Guard Dane Miller registered his second-straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The win over Auburn gave the Scarlet Knights their second win over a BCS opponent. It marks the first time since 1999 Rutgers has defeated multiple BCS opponents in the same season. The Scarlet Knights held the Tigers to just 30.2 percent shooting from the floor.
Providence (10-2) won its 10th game of the year, defeating Alabama 82-70. The Friars improved to 9-0 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center this season. Forward Marshon Brooks tied a career-high with 33 points, equaling a mark that he set against Brown earlier this season. Brooks has scored at least 25 points in six straight games. Freshman guard Gerard Coleman added a career-best 18 points. The game was knotted at 40 at halftime, but PC used a 19-3 second-half run to take control.
Syracuse (10-0) remained unbeaten with a 100-43 drubbing of Colgate. It was the 45th straight win for the Orange over Colgate, the longest active winning streak in a series in Division I. Center Rick Jackson had his eighth double-double of the season, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. All 17 players saw time for Syracuse for the first time this season, as the Orange posted a season-high 100 points.
Seton Hall (4-4) got back to the .500 mark with a 104-79 road win against UMass. Guard Jordan Theodore led the Pirates in scoring for the third-straight game, netting 17 points and dishing out a career-high eight assists. Seven Pirates scored in double figures, including three players posting career highs. Forward Herb Pope had his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Seton Hall shot a blistering 73.1 percent from the floor in the second half, lifting them to the road victory over the Minutemen.
Cincinnati (8-0) cruised to a 92-72 win over Utah Valley State. The Bearcats jumped out to a 17-2 lead and were never seriously threatened in the contest. Forward Rashad Bishop had a season-high 17 points, including hitting on all seven of his shots in the first half. Forward Ibrahima Thomas added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 3/3 Pittsburgh (10-1) lost its first game of the season with a 83-76 defeat at the hands of No. 11/13 Tennessee as part of the SEC-BIG EAST Invitational. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Panthers against SEC opponents. Guard Brad Wanamaker had a team-high 21 points in the game and has reached double figures seven times this season.
Marquette (7-3) fell to Wisconisin 69-64, losing to the Badgers at the Bradley Center for the first time since Dec. 9, 2006. Forward Jimmy Bulter scored a team-high 15 points. The 19.074 fans attending the game was the fourth-highest total in Marquette history. Wisconsin owns a 64-53 edge in the 117 meetings between the two programs.
DePaul (3-6) lost in the final seconds of overtime to Ball State, 79-77. Ball State’s Tyrae Robinson hit a driving layup with 2.7 seconds remaining, and DePaul’s Brandon Young missed a three at the buzzer to give the Blue Demons their second-straight loss. Young scored 23 points to lead DePaul. The freshman has scored in double figures in eight of his first nine games of his career. Cleveland Melvin added 19 points, giving him back-to-back games with 15-plus points.
St. John’s (5-3) lost its second-straight game, falling on the road to Fordham 84-81. Guard Dwight Hardy set a career-high for the second straight game with 30 points for the Red Storm. Guard Paris Horne eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career by scoring 14 points in the contest.
Georgetown gets the BIG EAST slate started with a game against Appalachian State at noon on ESPNU. Also on ESPNU, Villanova visits La Salle at 2 p.m. and USF heads to Kent State at 6:30 p.m. West Virginia rounds out the schedule with a game against Duquesne on CBS College Sports at 7 p.m.