Jan. 5, 2014
The first Saturday of BIG EAST play saw Creighton and Xavier extend their winning streaks to seven games and Georgetown and Marquette pick up home wins against long-standing rivals.
Creighton won its first BIG EAST road contest with a 77-60 victory at Seton Hall. Doug McDermott scored 20 of his game-high 30 points in the first half. The Pirates, who were without forward Eugene Teague for a second straight game due to a concussion, were led by guard Sterling Gibbs, who finished with 17 points.
Xavier has won both of its first two BIG EAST games in front of sellout crowds. On Saturday, Xavier used a 15-4 run to close a 79-68 win over Butler. Guard Semaj Christon contributed 20 points and eight assists without committing a turnover. Forward Khyle Marshall was tops for the Bulldogs with 14 points.
Georgetown got 31-points from guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera in a 77-60 win over St. John's. Smith-Rivera outscored the Red Storm in the first half when GU went into the locker room with a 42-16 edge. He already had 20 points. The second half was more evenly played. Reserve Max Hooper led St. John's with 13 points.
Forward Davante Gardner got back on track in Marquette's 66-56 win over DePaul. After a season-low four points in his previous game at Creighton, Gardner notched a career-high 28 points. Blue Demon forward Cleveland Melvin also bounced back from a mini sub-par streak by scoring 22 points.
Sunday's schedule has one game, Providence at Villanova. Both teams are coming off overtime contests. The Friars lost 81-80 in double overtime to Seton Hall. The Wildcats won 76-73 in a single extra period at Butler.