The BIG EAST registered a 3-1 record on Sunday, as Georgetown, Villanova and West Virginia all came away with victories. The schedule for league teams is much lighter this week, including just one game on Monday night.
No. 9/10 Georgetown (9-1) bounced-back from a loss to Temple with an easy 89-60 win over Appalachian State. Guard Jason Clark led the Hoyas with 15 points, but it was his defense that stood out against the Mountaineers. Clark held Appalachian State’s Donald Sims to just 14 points in the contest. Sims entered the game as the second-leading scorer in Division I, averaging 27.0 points per game. Guard Chris Wright matched a career-high with 12 assists, as Georgetown finished with 27 assists as a team, the highest total under head coach John Thompson III. A 19-6 run to open the second half put the game away for the Hoyas, who opened up a 60-38 lead with 10:45 remaining.
No. 12/12 Villanova (8-1) improved to 3-0 in the Philadelphia Big 5 after escaping with an 84-81 win at La Salle. The Wildcats trailed by eight points late in the game, but guard Maalik Wayns hit a layup with 1:09 remaining to give the visitors a lead they would not relinquish. Five Wildcats scored in double figures, including Wayns who led VU with 19 points. Corey Stokes and Corey fisher each had 16 points and Dominic Cheek added 14. It was the ninth-straight victory for the Wildcats over the Explorers.
West Virginia (7-2) also overcame a big deficit before coming away with a 64-61 road victory over Duquesne. The Mountaineers trailed by as many as 12 points, but a pair of Jonnie West free throws with 3:04 left put West Virginia ahead to stay. West scored all 10 of his points in the second half, including scoring eight consecutive points during a stretch that turned a 50-44 deficit into a 52-50 lead for WVU. Kevin Jones had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Mountaineers, who have won eight-straight games in the series against the Dukes.
Playing without big men Augustus Gilchrist and Jarrid Famous, USF came up just short on the road against Kent State, falling 56-51. Jawanza Poland led the Bulls with 15 points. USF led by as many as 11 points in the first half and held the Golden Flashes to just 37 percent shooting from the field. Ron Anderson Jr. added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls, and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick contributed 11 boards.