The weekend wrapped-up on Sunday with three BIG EAST games, including a rare Sunday night contest between Connecticut and Providence. The Huskies, along with Georgetown and St. John’s, earned important conference victories. St. John’s and Connecticut remained in a four-way tie for fourth with 7-5 records, while the Hoyas won their eighth straight game to move to third place at 9-4.
St. John’s (15-9, 7-5) won its second straight game, holding off Cincinnati 59-57 on the road. The Red Storm failed to make a field goal over the last 8:58, but connected on late free throws to clinch the game. St. John’s led by as many as 12 at 52-40, but the Red Storm missed their last six field goal attempts. Cincinnati (19-6, 6-6) battled back and took a three-point lead on a layup by Ibrahima Thomas with 2:07 remaining. Thomas finished with seven points and eight rebounds while Sean Kilpatrick led the Bearcats with 15 points. Malik Boothe and Justin Brownlee each hit late free throws to put St. John’s up 59-57 with 3.5 seconds to go. Kilpatrick had a shot to win it from just over halfcourt but was off the mark at the buzzer.
No. 11/11 Georgetown (20-5, 9-4) won its eighth straight game, coming from behind to beat Marquette 69-60. The Golden Eagles led by four at the half, but were outscored by 13 in the second half as Chris Wright scored 20 points to lead the way for Georgetown. Marquette trailed by only three points with 1:31 remaining after a steal and layup by Darius Johnson-Odom. He finished with a team-high 20 points for MU. But Georgetown would finish the game on a 6-0 run, beginning with a Julian Vaughn dunk to clinch the win. The eight game winning streak is Georgetown’s longest against BIG EAST opponents since winning 11 in a row during the 2006-07 season.
No. 10/9 Connecticut (19-5, 7-5) got a career-high 25 points from Jamal Coombs-McDaniel to get past Providence 75-57 at Gampel Pavilion. Kemba Walker added 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go with seven assists and six rebounds. The Huskies led 33-30 at the half, but outscored the Friars 75-57 in the final 20 minutes to grab the victory. Providence, which had won four of its last five games against Connecticut, was led by 25 points and seven rebounds from Marshon Brooks. Connecticut shot 59.3 percent from the floor in the second half while holding the Friars to just 29 percent (9-of-31).
One game is on the BIG EAST schedule on Monday night, as West Virginia visits Syracuse at 7 p.m. on ESPN’s Big Monday.