Three BIG EAST teams played away from home Wednesday as league teams went 1-2.
Pittsburgh was the lone BIG EAST team to get a victory Wednesday as the Panthers outlasted Duquesne 80-69 in the annual City Game at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. In front of a record crowd of 15,880, the Panthers got 18 points from guard Ashton Gibbs and a 15-point, 11-rebound effort from forward Dante Taylor to improve to 6-1. WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
USF found itself tied with 2011 Final Four entrant Virginia Commonwealth at halftime of last night's game, but the shorthanded Bulls couldn't keep pace in the second half of a 69-46 setback in Richmond, Va. Forward Ron Anderson Jr. turned in 15 points and nine rebounds, but USF couldn't compensate for the loss of forward Augustus Gilchrist, who missed his third straight game due to injury.
Notre Dame, which is normally one of the nation's most prolific 3-point-shooting teams, struggled from outside in a 73-53 loss at No. 19/18 Gonzaga. The Irish made just 2-of-14 3-point attempts and shot 38.5 percent from the field, despite 16 points from guard Jerian Grant.WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Four BIG EAST teams are in action Thursday as part of the BIG EAST-SEC Challenge, a three-day event that will pit 12 BIG EAST teams against their counterparts from the Southeastern Conference on campus sites.
Thursday's early games have St. John's visiting top-ranked Kentucky (ESPN2) and Providence heading to South Carolina (ESPNU). The nightcap features DePaul hosting Mississippi (ESPNU), while Georgetown plays its third top-25 opponent of the season when the Hoyas visit No. 12 Alabama.