Notre Dame and Louisville each picked-up conference wins at home on Wednesday night. West Virginia had its four-game winning streak snapped in the annual Capital Classic against Marshall.
No. 16/16 Notre Dame (15-4, 4-3 BIG EAST) notched a 66-58 win over No. 25/rv Cincinnati (16-3, 3-3 BIG EAST) to remain perfect at home this season. The Irish were lifted by a surprise return from forward Carleton Scott, who had missed the last four games with a hamstring injury. Forward Tyrone Nash and guard Ben Hansbrough each scored 13 points to lead five players in double figures while Scott dropped six in his return. Guard Sean Kilpatrick had 16 points off the bench, scoring seven straight with seven minutes to go. UC made three 3-pointers late and went on an 8-0 to cut the deficit to five with 1:12 to go. But the Irish went 7-of-8 from the free throw line the rest of the way to seal the win.
No. 19/15 Louisville (15-3, 4-1 BIG EAST) shot 53.2 percent from the field as the Cardinals grabbed an 88-63 win over St. John’s (11-6, 4-3 BIG EAST). Guard Preston Knowles had a game-high 25 points, hitting four 3-pointers as UofL continued its hot shooting. As a team, the Cards shot 13-of-26 from beyond the arc, with forward Kyle Kuric pacing the shooting attack by hitting on 5-of-7 from downtown. Louisville used a 19-2 run midway through the first half to take control of the game, using full court pressure to force 25 turnovers by the Red Storm. Guard Peyton Siva led the defense with seven steals while recording a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists. St. John’s was led by 13 points from Paris Horne.
No. 21/rv West Virginia (12-5, 3-2 BIG EAST) fell short in a comeback effort against Marshall, falling 75-71 in the Capital Classic. The Mountaineers shot just 33 percent from the floor and couldn’t dig out of a hole created by foul trouble and going more than 11 minutes without a field goal. Marshall built a 47-23 lead before WVU mounted a comeback. The Mountaineers slowly chipped away and got as close as 72-69 in the final minute. Casey Mitchell led West Virginia with 18 points while John Flowers added 16.
In the only game on Thursday’s BIG EAST schedule, USF visits Rutgers. ESPN2 will carry the game at 7 p.m. Eastern. Both teams will be looking for their second conference victory.
The Bulls picked up their first league win this past Sunday when they overcame a 16-point deficit to beat visiting Providence 79-72. The Scarlet Knights’ last outing was a 74-65 loss to Georgetown at the RAC. Rutgers is 8-2 at home this season.