Feb. 8, 2014
Villanova and Creighton posted wins on Friday to stay tied for first place in the BIG EAST with 9-1 records.
The Wildcats pulled away from Seton Hall in the second half and posted a 70-53 victory. James Bell scored 20 points and Daniel Ochefu contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Coach Jay Wright earned his 400th career victory.
The Pirates were led by Sterling Gibbs, who finished with 16 points.
Creighton held off a pesky DePaul squad 78-66. The Bluejays built a 10-point edge in the second half before the Blue Demons cut it to one, but DePaul was not able to grab the lead.
Doug McDermott scored 32 points and reached the 1,000 field goal milestone for his career. The Bluejays welcomed back Grant Gibbs, who had missed six games with a knee injury. He played 21 minutes and finished with seven points and eight assists.
Saturday's BIG EAST schedule has only two contests. Butler visits Georgetown at the Verizon Center. The teams went into overtime in their first meeting with the Hoyas squeezing out a 70-67 win on Jan. 11. CBS Sports will televise the game at 1 p.m. ET.
The winner of the Providence at Xavier game will be in third place in the BIG EAST standings. The Friars won the first meeting 81-72 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Jan. 25 behind Bryce Cotton's 25 points. Both teams are coming off losses earlier in the week. Providence lost to St. John's 86-76 at home and Xavier dropped an 81-58 decision at Villanova.