Men's Basketball Weekend Round-Up - St. John's, Providence, Georgetown Victorious Saturday

Men's Basketball Scoreboard

Marquette 61, West Virginia 60 (Friday) - VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (AP) -- Jae Crowder scored 26 points and No. 10 Marquette, after benching Darius Johnson-Odom and two other starters in the first half for breaking team rules, overcame a double-digit deficit to beat West Virginia 61-60 on Friday night.

Johnson-Odom, the team's leading scorer, sat out the first half along with Junior Cadougan and Vander Blue due to an undisclosed violation of team rules. Still, the Golden Eagles (24-5, 13-3 Big East) won their fifth straight and 12th in the last 13 games.

Marquette fell behind by 15 early in the second half, but Crowder and Johnson-Odom led a 24-8 run and Marquette overtook the Mountaineers (17-12, 7-9), who may need to win their final two regular-season games to have any chance at an automatic bid to their fifth straight NCAA tournament.

Cadougan's layup put Marquette ahead to stay, 54-53, with 4:17 remaining. West Virginia had a chance to win it, but Darryl "Truck" Bryant missed a wild, off-balance shot from the baseline with 2 seconds left.

Bryant, who had shot 24 percent from the field in his 10 previous games, led West Virginia with 25 points.

Kevin Jones, the conference's leading scorer and rebounder, spent most of the game in foul trouble and was limited to 12 points and six rebounds.

St. John's 61, Notre Dame 58 - VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

NEW YORK -- St. John's got to see how the other half lives beyond the 3-point line.

The Red Storm have spent almost all season in 16th and last place in the Big East in 3-point shooting. On Saturday, they held Notre Dame (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) to its worst game of the season from beyond the arc and it meant a 61-58 victory, their first of the season in 11 games against a ranked team.

"The stat sheet shows they weren't able to make their normal number of 3s and that was the difference," St. John's assistant coach Mike Dunlap said. "We were able to play at a pace slower than we'd like. We handled that and disrupted what they wanted to do."

Moe Harkless had 22 points and nine rebounds and D'Angelo Harrison added 15 points for St. John's (13-16, 6-10).

That wasn't surprising since Harrison (17.1) came into the game second among freshmen in the nation in scoring and Harkless (15.6) was seventh.

What was unexpected was that Amir Garrett, another of the five freshmen starters, had 11 points, including the drive that gave the Red Storm a 61-58 lead with 8.9 seconds to play and when Notre Dame's last of 27 3-point misses was off at the buzzer, St. John's had its third straight win.

"The reason we've been able to win three games and close them out is that those other three guys are growing offensively," Dunlap said. "If they don't we can't win these games. As a staff we talked about five guys being able to score, not just Harkless and Harrison. We talked about that in the huddle."

Scott Martin and Jack Cooley both had 18 points for the Fighting Irish (20-9, 12-4), who had won a program-record nine straight conference games. Alex Dragevich missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer for Notre Dame, which shot a season-worst 4 for 31 from 3-point range (12.9 percent). The Fighting Irish could have moved into a tie for second place in the Big East with No. 10 Marquette.


Georgetown 67, Villanova 46 - VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

WASHINGTON -- Freshman Otto Porter had 15 points and six rebounds in his second start of the season, Jason Clark had 15 points and six rebounds, and Georgetown (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) took a big lead early and never trailed in a 67-46 win over Villanova on Saturday.

The victory moves the Hoyas (21-6, 11-5) into sole possession of fourth place in the Big East, one-half game ahead of Cincinnati and South Florida, who play Sunday. The top four teams get a double-bye in the conference tournament

Dominic Cheek scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats (11-17, 4-12), who have lost four straight. Maalik Wayns returned for Villanova after missing three games with a sprained left knee, but he missed badly on his first shot and finished 1 for 10 from the field, scoring three points.

Villanova remained without guard James Bell, who missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle.

The Hoyas outrebounded the Wildcats 43-25 to improve to 14-1 at home, while Villanova is 1-9 in true road games. Georgetown allowed the Wildcats to shoot just 28 percent, quite a turnaround from the 61 percent that Seton Hall shot in its 18-point win over the Hoyas on Tuesday.

Georgetown coach John Thompson III put Porter into the starting lineup in place of Markel Starks, who went 1 for 9 against Seton Hall and didn't play at all on Saturday. Porter's only previous start this season came last month when Starks had a stomach ailment and couldn't play against DePaul.

Providence 73, DePaul 71 - VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- LaDontae Henton scored 24 points, including a basket with 1.7 seconds left, to lead Providence to a 73-71 win over DePaul on Saturday.

After Providence blew an 11-point second-half lead, the score was tied at 71 when Vincent Council dribbled at the top of the key. With 5 seconds left, he penetrated and found Henton, who buried an 18-foot jumper to put Providence ahead.

After a timeout, DePaul's Brandon Young threw a full court pass to Cleveland Melvin, but his shot was blocked by Henton.

Bryce Cotton added 19 points and Council had 14 for the Friars (13-16, 3-13), who snapped a 22-game Big East road losing streak.

Morgan Moses led DePaul (11-17, 2-14) with 13 points and Young scored 11.

Rutgers 77, Seton Hall 72 (Overtime) - VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

NEWARK, N.J. -- Freshman Jerome Seagears hit a 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds to play in overtime and Rutgers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 77-72 victory over New Jersey-rival Seton Hall on Saturday.

Dane Miller scored a season-high 21 points and Seagears finished with 16 points as the Scarlet Knights (13-16, 5-11 Big East) avenged a loss to the Pirates (19-10, 8-9) earlier in the month.
The Pirates had a chance to tie the game but Jordan Theodore's 3-pointer in the waning seconds went halfway down before spinning out.
Gilvydas Biruta got the rebound and iced the game with two free throws, finishing off a 16-point effort.
Theodore led Seton Hall with 17 points, including two free throws with 12.7 seconds to force the overtime.
Eli Carter added 17 points for Rutgers, which shot 52.7 percent from the field for the game, including 10 of 15 from 3-point range.
Herb Pope finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 44 seconds to play in his final home game.

Syracuse 71, Connecticut 69

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Fab Melo's follow-up dunk with 31 seconds left lifted No. 2 Syracuse to a 71-69 win over Connecticut on Saturday night and clinched the Big East regular season title for the Orange.

C.J. Fair blocked a shot by Roscoe Smith just before the buzzer to preserve the victory for Syracuse (29-1, 16-1) which has won nine in a row since its only loss of the season. Kris Joseph had 21 points to lead the Orange.

Jeremy Lamb had 19 points and Andre Drummond added 15 points and 13 rebounds for UConn (17-11, 7-9), which overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to tie the game with 47 seconds to go.

The win was the first for Syracuse at Gampel Pavilion, where the Orange had been 0-4.

Recaps Courtesy Associated Press