Jan. 26, 2014
A full Saturday of BIG EAST action, with all 10 teams playing, produced a record crowd, an overtime, a pair of 30-point performances and a winning streak that extended to five games.
The day began with Providence stopping Xavier 81-72. PC's Bryce Cotton finished with 25 points, seven assists and no turnovers. Justin Martin led the Musketeers with 19 points. The Friars have a five-game winning streak, the longest current run in the BIG EAST. The result left both squads with 15-5 overall records and 5-2 conference marks.
Marquette rallied late to force overtime against visiting Villanova before losing 94-85. MU's Todd Mayo scored 10 points in the last 34 seconds of regulation time. Villanova grabbed the momentum back in overtime with Ryan Arcidiacono scoring six points and dealing two assists in the extra period. James Bell finished with 30 points.
St. John's won its second BIG EAST game in 48 hours with a 69-52 victory at Butler. JaKarr Sampson scored 20 points and the Red Storm defense helped limit the Bulldogs to 18 points in the second half. Khyle Marshall had 16 points for Butler.
Seton Hall's home win against DePaul was a comfortable one. The Pirates, who led 45-25 by halftime, were led by Fuquan Edwin's 30 points. He was 11-of-16 from the floor. DePaul was without Cleveland Melvin, Billy Garrett, Jr. and Charles McKinney.
Creighton had a record crowd of 18,859 at the CenturyLink for its "Pink Out" game in support of Coaches vs. Cancer. The Bluejays defeated Georgetown 76-63. CU had balanced scoring this time with Doug McDermott and reserve Will Artino each scoring 14 points. As usual, the Hoyas were led by the backcourt of Markel Starks (21 points) and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (18 points).