Guard Chris Wright scored a season-high 24 points to lead No. 13/14Georgetown (17-5, 6-4 BIG EAST) past No. 15/13 Louisville 62-59 on Big Monday. The Hoyas won their fifth-straight BIG EAST game, the team’s longest league winning streak since 2007-08. After an ugly first half that saw Georgetown take a 22-18 advantage into the locker room, the Hoyas shot 76.5 percent from the field in the second half to win a tight game.
Georgetown led by as many as 11 in the final 20 minutes, but Louisville fought back to tie the game with a 15-4 run with 7:56 remaining after a Kyle Kuric layup. The Cards took the lead on a 3-pointer by Mike Marra with 6:18 left and would hold a 55-53 advantage with under 3 minutes left.
Wright tied the game on a driving layup, and Hollis Thompson drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2:03 remaining to give Georgetown the lead for good. Leading by one with five seconds left, Wright hit a pair of free throws. Louisville guard Peyton Siva missed a running 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied the game. Forward Terrence Jennings led Louisville with 18 points and seven rebounds.
After a rare Tuesday without a single game, Wednesday features five BIG EAST contests. Syracuse plays at Connecticut on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET. The Orange will be aiming to end a four-game losing streak. They have never lost five in a row under coach Jim Boeheim. The Huskies will try to bounce back from a one-point loss to Louisville in double overtime on Saturday.
Marquette visits Villanova which also tips at 7 p.m. ESPNU will carry the game from the Pavilion. The Golden Eagles play their next three games on the road. The Wildcats are trying to end a two-game losing streak.
In Providence, the Friars will be looking to pay back USF for a 79-72 defeat they suffered at the Sun Dome on Jan. 16. The Bulls are still looking for their first road win.
Seton Hall, which has won two straight after losing six of seven games, travels to West Virginia. The Mountaineers have played the fewest home games among BIG EAST teams, but they are 7-1 at the WVU Coliseum.
Rutgers plays St. John’s at Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm have taken five of the last seven meetings, but the Scarlet Knights won 84-72 last year in Piscataway.
Seven BIG EAST teams are in the top 17 of the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls: No. 4/4 Pittsburgh, No. 6/7 Connecticut, No. 9/8 Notre Dame, No. 12/12 Villanova, No. 13/14 Georgetown, No. 15/13 Louisville and No. 17/17 Syracuse.