MBB Minute: Pirates, Friars Log Big Wins Saturday

Seton Hall's Fuquan Edwin scored a game-high 24 points to pace Seton Hall in its win at Georgetown on Saturday.

Seton Hall's Fuquan Edwin scored a game-high 24 points to pace Seton Hall in its win at Georgetown on Saturday.

Jan. 19, 2014

Monday's schedule starts with a matinee at Allstate Arena where DePaul hosts Xavier. The Blue Demons are looking to bounce back after Saturday's road loss to Villanova. Xavier has been off since beating Georgetown at home on Wednesday.

Creighton and Villanova meet at the Wells Fargo Center on FOX Sports 1. The winner will be in first place in the standings. Villanova is 5-0 with Creighton at 5-1.

After the Bluejays and Wildcats, FOX Sports 1 will televise Marquette at Georgetown. Both teams want a win after Saturday defeats. The Golden Eagles lost in overtime at Butler and the Hoyas fell to Seton Hall.

Saturday had a little bit of everything, some predicted results, some surprising ones and an overtime game. In other words, a typical Saturday in the BIG EAST.

One of the results that probably falls into the surprising group is Providence's 81-68 win over visiting Creighton. The Friars led start to finish.

"We were not ourselves tonight, but Providence had a lot to do with that," said Creighton coach Greg McDermott.

Bryce Cotton led the Friars with a game-high 23 points.

Seton Hall has not had a lot of success at Georgetown through the years, but the Pirates rallied in the second half for a 67-57 victory at the Verizon Center.

Fuquan Edwin appears recovered from a knee injury. He had 24 points, six rebounds and five steals.

The overtime game involved -- who else? -- Butler. The Bulldogs have begun BIG EAST competition by playing overtime in four of their first six league games. This time, they tasted victory for the first time, beating Marquette 69-57.

Villanova's hot shooting led it past DePaul 88-62. The Wildcats shot 55.4 percent from the floor. James Bell posted game highs of 17 points and eight rebounds for the winners.

St. John's ended a five-game losing streak by defeating Dartmouth 69-55 at Carnesecca Arena. Phil Greene IV scored a game-high 16 points.

NOTES -- Home teams are 17-10 (.629) in BIG EAST play...Here are some statistics that don't lie. In conference games, first-place Villanova ranks first in the league in scoring (82.4), scoring defense (66.0), field goal shooting (50.6) percent and field goal defense (38.8).


 

 

BIG EAST Results for Jan. 18, 2014
at #6/6 Villanova 88, DePaul 62 *
at Providence 81, #20/19 Creighton 68 *
Seton Hall 67, at Georgetown 57 *
at Butler 69, Marquette 57 (OT) *
at St. John's 69, Dartmouth 55

* - BIG EAST game