The BIG EAST schedule featured one conference game and a nonconference tilt on Sunday afternoon. The day began with St. John’s pulling off an upset of 3rd ranked Duke at Madison Square Garden, followed by Seton Hall beating Providence in BIG EAST play.
The Red Storm (12-8, 4-5 BIG EAST) stunned Duke with a 93-78 win in front of a sold out crowd at MSG, beating the Blue Devils for the first time since March 2, 2003. St. John’s gave Duke its worst loss since March 26, 2009 when Villanova beat the Blue Devils by 23 in the Sweet 16. It was all STJ from the beginning, as strong defense and efficient offense led to a 46-25 halftime lead. Duke was just 1-of-13 from behind the 3-point arc in the first half, while the Red Storm shot 57.1 percent from the floor. St. John’s took its biggest lead of the game just one minute into the second half, scoring the first two buckets of the frame to claim a 50-25 advantage. Duke would close to within 11 late, but that’s as close as the visitors would come. Guard Dwight Hardy led the Red Storm with 26 points and six assists, while Justin Brownlee added 20 points and nine boards.
In conference action, Seton Hall (10-12, 4-6 BIG EAST) knocked off Providence 81-71 at the Prudential Center. The Pirates opened the game with a 25-11 run and led by 18 at the half. The Friars (13-9, 2-7 BIG EAST) struggled to mount a comeback in the second half, turning the ball over 19 times in the game. Providence hit 18-of-32 second-half shots, but did not close within 10 until there was 1:30 left in the contest. Marshon Brooks and Vincent Council each scored 20 for the Friars. Forward Herb Pope led Seton Hall, scoring a season-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds. Jeff Robinson also added 20 points for The Hall as five players scored in double figures.
The lone BIG EAST game tonight sees No. 23/19 Louisville battle No. 21/20 Georgetown on Big Monday on ESPN at 7 p.m.