Men's Basketball Minute: Georgetown, Syracuse Back On Top After Wednesday Wins

 

Marquette had moved into sole possession of first place in the BIG EAST standings Tuesday with its win against Seton Hall.
 
Georgetown and Syracuse rejoined the Golden Eagles atop the leaderboard Wednesday after both registered comfortable wins. The Hoyas shot their way to a 90-66 win against DePaul at the Verizon Center while the Orange raced to a sizable first-half lead on its way to an 84-59 decision against Providence at the Carrier Dome.
 
St. John's, meanwhile, strengthened its case for a first-round bye in the BIG EAST Championship with a 69-54 win against DePaul at Carnesecca Arena.
 
Wednesday's games included some notable performances. Georgetown freshman D'Vanutes Smith-Rivera scored 33 points against DePaul — the most by a Hoya rookie since Victor Page had 34 against Villanova in the 1996 BIG EAST Championship. Providence guard Vincent Council set the BIG EAST career assists record in the game against Syracuse. Council has 431 assists in BIG EAST games, breaking the old mark of 426, which was set Syracuse's Sherman Douglas from 1985-89.
 
Thursday's schedule has Cincinnati at Connecticut at 7 p.m. on ESPN from the XL Center in Hartford.