Louisville and Marquette both remained unbeaten in the 2011-12 season, helping BIG EAST teams go a combined 5-0 Monday night.
The Cardinals, ranked No. 6 in this week's national polls, scored the first eight points of the game on their way to a wire-to-wire 79-66 win against Long Beach State at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville set a fast pace out of the gate against the road-weary 49ers, who had upset Pittsburgh earlier this season, and relied on an effective full-court press to smother the visitors. WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Guard Chris Smith led the way with 18 points for Louisville, which had 14 steals and forced 21 turnovers in improving to 6-0. Guard Peyton Siva scored 11 points in his second game since returning from an ankle injury.
Marquette is likewise 6-0 after the Golden Eagles were easy 88-56 winners against Jacksonville at the Bradley Center. Marquette was playing its first game since winning the title at the Paradise Jam last week and showed no signs of slowing down. The Golden Eagles shot 58.5 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from 3-point range against the Dolphins.
Forward Jae Crowder led all scorers with 27 points, while guard Darius Johnson-Odom had 19. Guard Vander Blue only scored three points, but was a significant contributor with seven assists, four steals and a team-high nine rebounds.
Georgetown was playing its first game since returning from the EA Sports Maui Invitational and the Hoyas were able to break open a one-point halftime lead on their way to an 81-58 win against IUPUI at the Verizon Center. The Jaguars led for most of first half behind star forward Alex Young, but Georgetown limited Young's scoring to the first half and shot 571 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes.WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Forward Hollis Thompson had a game-high 21 points with 10 rebounds for Georgetown, which improved to 5-1.
Rutgers bounced back from a two-game losing streak in impressive fashion as the Scarlet Knights cruised to a 94-56 win against Maryland-Baltimore County at the RAC. Rutgers held a 46-24 lead by halftime and was never threatened in the second half.
Freshman guard Myles Mack scored a game- and career-high 20 points, while guard Mike Poole and forward Gilvydas Biruta had 13 each as Rutgers improved to 4-3.
West Virginia was also paced by a freshman in the Mountaineers' 77-56 win against Akron as guard Jabarie Hinds scored a game-high 19 points. WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Hinds scored 15 points in the first -half, helping West Virginia take a 43-20 lead into the break. Forward Kevin Jones turned in his fourth double-double in five games with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the 4-1 Mountaineers.
Tuesday's BIG EAST schedule lists three games, all with 7 p.m ET start times. Cincinnati hosts Miami (Ohio), Providence entertains Holy Cross and Syracuse hosts Eastern Michigan.