A pair of conference battles on Tuesday night saw Marquette and Georgetown each notch victories.
No. 23/23 Georgetown (14-5, 3-4 BIG EAST) picked-up an 80-75 win with a late comeback against Seton Hall (8-11, 2-5 BIG EAST). Austin Freeman scored 28 points to lead the Hoyas, who won their second-straight road game. Seton Hall used a 19-2 run to take a 52-45 lead with 12:13 to play. Georgetown stayed within reach but did not claim a lead until guard Chris Wright knocked-down a pair of free throws with 53 seconds left to put GU up 74-73. After a miss by the Pirates, Freeman hit two from the line to put the Hoyas up three. On the ensuing possession, guard Jordan Theodore hit a shot from the corner but it was only a 2-pointer as his foot was on the line. Wright would hit two more freebies and Georgetown would go on to the win. Jeff Robinson led Seton Hall with 21 points while Theodore had 17, guard Jeremy Hazell had 15 and forward Herb Pope had 16. The four combined for 69 of Seton Hall's 75 points.
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In the late game, Marquette (13-6, 4-2 BIG EAST) bounced-back from a tough loss against Louisville to beat DePaul 94-64 at the Bradley Center. Guard Darius Johnson-Odom and forward Jimmy Butler each scored 20 points to lead the Golden Eagles. MU used a 12-0 run to close-out the first half, grabbing a big lead going into the break at 46-29. Forward Jae Crowder added 18 points and nine rebounds for Marquette. DePaul (6-12, 0-6 BIG EAST) was led by freshman Cleveland Melvin who had 20 points for the sixth time in his last seven games. Under head coach Buzz Williams, Marquette is 28-3 when outshooting opponents. The Golden Eagles shot 51.5 percent to the Blue Demons' 44.8 percent on Tuesday.
Four teams in the middle of the BIG EAST standings lock-up on Wednesday. Cincinnati visits Notre Dame at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The Bearcats, who have only lost games to conference opponents this season, will attempt to do something that no other team has been able to do this season; win at Purcell Pavilion where the Irish are 11-0. Each team notched a win on its home court in the two meetings last season.
St. John's faces Louisville at 7 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center. The Red Storm are coming off an 18-point victory against Notre Dame, while the Cardinals are fresh off an 18-point come-from-behind win against Marquette. The two squads split a pair of meetings last season.
West Virginia plays its final non-conference game of the year when the Mountaineers take on Marshall in the annual Capital Classic at the Charleston Civic Center. WVU is 15-4 in the Capital Classic since the game has been played annually in Charleston.
The BIG EAST has nine teams in this week's Associated Press top 25, marking the second time in poll history that one league produced nine top-25 teams. The only other time it happened was when the BIG EAST had nine teams in the Jan. 5, 2009 poll.