Saturday was filled with Big East Conference college hoops games and in case you couldn't catch all the action here's a quick SB Nation New York roundup of the big stories around the nation's best league.
The No. 17 Syracuse Orange (20-4, 7-4 Big East) ended their three-game road stretch with a decisive 72-49 victory at the South Florida Bulls (8-16, 2-9). In Los Angeles, the St. John's Red Storm (13-9, 5-5) dropped a non-conference game to the UCLA Bruins 66-59. (Click on the score to read full game recaps.)
Hazell and Seton Hall nearly upset UConn
Senior guard Jeremy Hazell tallied a game-best 20 points and collected 11 rebounds for the Seton Hall Pirates (10-14, 4-8), who led by as much as 14 points but couldn't stop a late-game rally that led the Connecticut Huskies (18-6, 6-4) to a 61-59 road victory.
The Huskies (No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) used a 25-9 second-half run to snap a two-game losing streak. SHU's only basket in the game's final eight minutes was a Hazell lay up with two seconds remaining. Senior forward Jeff Robinson netted 15 points and collected 11 rebounds for SHU. The nation's third-best scorer, junior guard Kemba Walker, scored a team-best 19 points for UConn.
Brooks' 43 points not good enough against Georgetown
Senior guard Marshon Brooks scored a collegiate-best 43 points, the fifth-highest total in Big East history, for Providence (14-10, 3-8) but his one-man show wasn't enough to topple the Georgetown Hoyas (18-5, 7-4) who earned 83-81 victory.
The Hoyas (No. 13 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll), who led by as much as 18 points, collected their sixth straight victory. Senior guard Austin Freeman netted at team-high 23 points. Brooks also collected 10 rebounds for the Friars, who have not earned a road victory this season.
No. 4 Pitt downs Cincinnati
Junior guard Ashton Gibbs scored a game-best 25 points for visiting Pittsburgh (21-2, 9-1), which downed the Cincinnati Bearcats 71-59. The Bearcats (18-5, 5-5) have lost five of their last eight games after beginning the season 15-0.
Wayns, Fisher help 'Nova past WVU
The Wildcats (19-4, 7-3) led by just five points, 45-40, midway through the second half but used a 19-3 run to pull away. Junior forward Kevin Jones scored a team-high 16 points for WVU (15-7, 6-4).
Depleted Louisville snakes past DePaul
Junior guard Kyle Kuric netted a team-best 19 points for Louisville, which earned a slim 61-57 victory over visiting DePaul. The Cardinals (18-5, 7-3) played without their leading scorer (senior forward Preston Knowles), rebounder (sophomore forward Rakeem Buckles) and shot blocker (junior forward Jared Swopshire).
The Blue Demons (6-16, 0-1) dropped their 23rd straight Big East contest.
Big East Conference Standings
(updated 2.6.2011 at 2:28 AM EST)
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish||7||3||18||4|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||6||4||15||7|
|Marquette Golden Eagles||5||5||14||9|
|St. John's Red Storm||5||5||13||9|
|Seton Hall Pirates||4||8||10||14|
|Rutgers Scarlet Knights||3||7||12||10|
|South Florida Bulls||2||9||8||16|
|DePaul Blue Demons||0||10||6||16|