All four home teams grabbed win in the BIG EAST on Wednesday night, including Providence (13-8, 2-6 BIG EAST) defeating its second consecutive top-25 opponent in No. 8/7 Villanova 83-68. The Friars were led by forward Marshon Brooks, who scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Guard Vincent Council had 16 points to go with eight rebounds and eight assists, while guard Gerard Coleman also added 16 points. The win marked the first time PC had defeated back-to-back ranked opponents since 1998, and the first time the team had defeated two ranked teams in the same season since 2003-04. Providence never trailed against Villanova (17-3, 5-2 BIG EAST) and won its second straight BIG EAST game after going 51 weeks without a conference victory. The Wildcats got 18 points from guard Maalik Wayns and 17 points and 15 rebounds from Antonio Pena. VU shot just 4-of-22 from 3-point range.
Guard Peyton Siva hit a layup with 4.5 seconds left to lift No. 23/19 Louisville (16-4, 5-2 BIG EAST) to a 55-54 win over West Virginia. The Cardinals have won two of their last three home games by one point. Forward Chris Smith led UofL with 15 points, while forward Terrence Jennings had a team-best nine rebounds. West Virginia (13-6, 4-3 BIG EAST) held an 11-point lead at one point before going more than 13 minutes without a field goal. UofL held the Mountaineers to 4-of-22 shooting in the second half. Guard Joe Mazzulla scored a career-high 18 points for WVU, all coming in the first half, on 8-of-12 shooting. The rest of the team was just 11-of-41.
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Cincinnati (18-3, 5-3 BIG EAST) was led by 20 points from Rashad Bishop as the Bearcats defeated Rutgers 72-56. It was just a one-point game at the half, but UC outscored Rutgers 41-26 in the second half. Bishop led a late run that put the Bearcats in control, as Bishop made a 3 and had a fast-break dunk that completed an 8-0 run that pushed the lead to 12. Forward Yancy Gates added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Cincinnati. Rutgers (12-8, 3-5 BIG EAST) was led by Jonathan Mitchell, who had 20 points while Dane Miller added 10.
Georgetown (15-5, 4-4 BIG EAST) won its third straight game, beating St. John’s 77-52 at the Verizon Center. The win brought the Hoyas back to .500 in the BIG EAST. Guard Jason Clark was 5-of-5 from the field and led the team with 16 points, while guard Hollis Thompson came off the bench to score 15. Georgetown shot 51 percent from the floor, as the team continues to rank No. 2 in the country in field goal percentage. The Red Storm (11-8, 4-5 BIG EAST) were led by Justin Burrell’s 12 points and eight rebounds.
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Just one game is on the BIG EAST schedule on Thursday night. DePaul visits USF at 9 p.m. Eastern on ESPNU.