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Big East Roundup: Pittsburgh Beats Georgetown; Corey Stokes Impresses

If you were watching the No. 4-ranked Syracuse Orange beat the St. John's Red Storm at Madison Square Garden Wednesday and missed other Big East Conference basketball action here is a brief recap of what went down:

Behind junior guards Ashton Gibbs' 22 points, the No.5 Pittsburgh Panthers clobbered No. 19 Georgetown Hoyas, 72-57, at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

The Panthers (16-1, 4-0) began the game on a 24-9 run and never looked back.

The Hoyas (12-5, 1-4) are now on a three-game losing streak -- Red Storm (10-5, 3-2), West Virginia Mountaineers (10-4, 2-2) and Pittsburgh -- and, currently, have the third-worst record in the conference.

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Ashton Gibbs 17 31.2 5.4 11.8 45.3 3.3 7.1 46.3 2.8 3.2 87.0 0.4 1.9 2.3 3.6 1.8 0.4 0.0 1.2 16.8

Corey Stokes Helps 'Nova Down Louisville

On Tuesday, I wrote in my Syracuse-St. John's game preview that Red Storm senior point guard Dwight Hardy is, maybe, the second-best guard in the conference -- Connecticut Huskies Kemba Walker is No. 1.

I was wrong. That honor goes to senior guard Corey Stokes, who netted 23 points and helped the No. 7 Villanova Wildcats beat No. 17 Louisville Cardinals, 88-74, at the Pavilion in Philadelphia, PA.

The Wildcats (15-1, 4-0) extended their winning streak to 10 games.

Preston Knowles scored a game-best 24 points for the Cardinals (13-3, 2-1).

FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Corey Stokes 16 32.6 4.9 10.2 48.5 3.3 6.9 46.8 3.9 4.1 93.9 0.5 3.3 3.8 1.8 1.6 1.1 0.3 2.4 17.0

Cincinnati Rebounds Against South Florida

Freshman guard Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-best 18 points to propel the No. 25 Cincinnati Bearcats past the South Florida Bulls, 74-66, at the Fifth Third Arena in Cincy.

The win helped the Bearcats (16-1, 3-1) rebound from their loss to Villanova on Sunday.

Junior forward Ron Anderson netted a team-best 13 points for USF (6-12, 0-5), which dropped to last in the conference standings.

Hazell Returns, Propels Seton Hall To Victory

Returning from a broken wrist and a gunshot wound, senior guard Jeremy Hazell netted a game-best 23 points to lead the Seton Hall Pirates past the DePaul Blue Demons, 78-67, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.

Hazell, who suffered a broken wrist in mid Novemeber then was shot below the right arm on Christmas Eve, netted 15 second-half points.

Junior foward Herb Pope had another stellar all-around game (15 points, six rebounds and five assists) for the Pirates (8-9, 2-3).

DePaul (6-10, 0-4) is tied for the second-worst record in the conference.

Big East Conference Standings

(updated 1.13.2011 at 2:04 AM EST)