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Big East Basketball Roundup: Rutgers Wins, St. John's Falls

If you were sucked into watching an unhealthy amount of NFL on Saturday, and didn't catch any college hoops action. SB Nation New York has a quick roundup of what you missed.

Rutgers Down Providence 85-72

Senior forward Jonathan Mitchell collected a double-double (21 points and 10 rebounds) to help propel the Rutgers Scarlet Knights past the Providence Friars at Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Rutgers (10-5, 1-2 Big East) shot 54.4 percent from the floor to help first-year head coach Mike Rice earn his first Big East win.

The Scarlet Knights, which trailed 33-35 at halftime, opened the second half with a 8-0 run and snagged a lead they'd never lose.

Senior guard Marshon Brooks tallied a game-best 29 points for the Friars (11-6, 0-4), who lost its fourth-straight league game.

It's been a tough road for Providence, which previously dropped games to No. 4-ranked Syracuse Orange, No. 5 Pittsburgh Panthers and St. John's Red Storm.

"This was a scratch and claw game," wrote Dave White of SB Nation's On The Banks. "Rutgers had to endure the press the entire game, and finally was able to tear it to shreds in the second half. They made smart decisions, knowing when to push for a fast break, and knowing when to pull the ball out and slow the game down."

Hansbrough And Notre Dame Snap St. John's Win Streak

Freshman guard Ben Hansbrough netted a game-best 26 points to lead the No. 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish past St. John's, 76-61.

The 15-point loss ended the Johnnies (10-4, 3-1) five-game winning streak and most likely hampered any chances of cracking the Top 25 rankings, which are released Monday.

"Now, the focus is staying on the path to improvement," said St. John's head coach Steve Lavin after the game. "Watch film, keep putting 'hammer to rock,' and prepare for another high-level BIG EAST opponent in Syracuse."

Senior forward Justin Brownlee scored a team-high 17 points a collected seven rebounds.

"Coach Lavin was looking for something that worked," wrote Rumble In The Garden's Pico Dulce. "Someone to get the Irish out of position, someone who could make a play. It didn't happen."


The nation's leader scorer, Connecticut Huskies guard Kemba Walker, netted seven of his 22 points in overtime to propel No. 9 UConn to a 82-81 victory at No. 12 Texas Longhorns.

In overtime, Walker sank a desperate, "Please go in!" 3-pointer and then a step-back, 2-point shot from the free-throw line, which came with five seconds to go, that gave the Huskies (12-2, 1-2) a one-point win.

If you haven't seen Walker play this season. Take note: The Huskies host Rutgers on Tuesday night.

West Virginia Upsets No. 13 Georgetown

It's time to hit the panic button Hoya fans because your team isn't as good as its ranking.

Senior guard Casey Mitchell scored a team-best 28 point for the West Virginia Mountaineers, who upset the Gerogetown Hoyas, 65-59.

The Hoyas (12-4, 1-3) have lost two of their last three games -- all of which were in league play. Not to mention that Wednesday Georgetown travels to Pitt, which defeated the Marquette Golden Eagles, 89-81, Saturday.

WVU (10-4, 2-2) is on a two-game winning streak.

Big East Conference Standings

(updated 1.9.2011 at 3:22 AM EST)

On Monday, SB Nation New York will post the latest college basketball rankings (will St. John's make the list?), the SB Nation Big East Power Rankings (will the deadlock between Pitt and SU be broken?) and a notebook of everything Big East basketball.

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