VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - SYRACUSE 76, ST. JOHN'S 59
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - PITTSBURGH 72, GEORGETOWN 57
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS - CINCINNATI 74, USF 66
Amidst a blizzard that hit most of the east coast, BIG EAST conference play continued with five games on Wednesday night. Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Villanova all won to keep their perfect conference records intact. Cincinnati and Seton Hall also grabbed victories.
No. 5/5 Pittsburgh (16-1, 4-0 BIG EAST) picked-up a 72-57 road win over No. 22/19 Georgetown (12-5, 1-4 BIG EAST). The Panthers grabbed a double-digit lead just 10 minutes into the contest and held it the rest of the way to win their eighth-straight game. Pitt’s backcourt trio of Ashton Gibbs, Brad Wanamaker and Gilbert Brown combined for 48 points to lead the charge. Gibbs led all scorers with 22 points including five 3-pointers. The Panthers shot 58 percent in the first half to take a 17-point halftime lead, the school’s largest in a BIG EAST road game. Chris Wright led Georgetown with 14 points. The Hoyas have lost three straight contests, and are off to their worst conference start since 1998-99.
No. 7/7 Villanova (15-1, 4-0 BIG EAST) won its 10th-straight game, beating No. 18/17 Louisville (13-3, 2-1 BIG EAST) 88-74. Four of the five Wildcats’ starters were in double figures, with Corey Stokes leading the way with 23 points. Stokes hit four 3-pointers while Mouphtaou Yarou notched his third career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The game was tight at halftime, as VU led the Cardinals 42-41 at the break. Louisville got another great shooting performance from Preston Knowles who scored 24 points and hit 6-of-10 from 3-point range. But Villanova put the game away late in the second half with a 12-2 run the put the lead into double digits to stay. Corey Fisher had 17 points and Maalik Wayns had 15 points for Villanova.
No. 4/4 Syracuse (17-0, 4-0 BIG EAST) remained one of the four unbeaten teams in the country with a 76-59 road win over St. John’s (10-5, 3-2 BIG EAST). Kris Joseph scored 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead the Orange, who held the Red Storm to just 36.8 percent shooting in the game. The win was the 1,800th in school history, which ranks SU fifth on the all-time list in Division I. The contest was close for the majority of the first half, but the Orange extended a one-point lead to an 11-point advantage with a 10-0 run to end the first frame. Syracuse led by as many as 22 in the second half. Justin Brownlee had 13 points to lead St. John’s.
No. 25/rv Cincinnati (16-1, 3-1 BIG EAST) bounced-back from its first loss of the year to beat USF (6-12, 0-5 BIG EAST) 74-66. Forward Sean Kilpatrick gave the Bearcats a boost off the bench, notching a game-high 18 points as the UC bench scored 39 of the team’s 74 points. USF cut the deficit to four twice, but could not get any closer. The Bulls were led by Ron Anderson Jr., who had a team-high 13 points.
Jeremy Hazell scored 23 points in his return to the lineup to lead Seton Hall (8-9, 2-3 BIG EAST) past DePaul (6-10, 0-4 BIG EAST) 78-67 at Allstate Arena. Hazell had missed 13 games with a wrist injury. The Pirates are 3-1 with Hazell in the lineup and went 5-8 without him. SHU shot 58.5 percent from the field in the game. DePaul was led by 21 points and nine rebounds by freshman Cleveland Melvin. Seton Hall led 59-52 in the second half, but broke the game open with a 10-1 run, stretching the advantage to 16 with just 6:37 remaining.
Thursday's schedule has just one BIG EAST game listed as Providence visits West Virginia at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2. The Friars are in search of their first conference win while the Mountaineers look to extend their BIG EAST winning streak to three.