March 5, 2014
Men's Basketball Update - 3.5.14
Providence and Marquette, two teams fighting for an NCAA invitation, staged a double-overtime classic at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence on Tuesday.
Providence prevailed 81-80 after Bryce Cotton made two free throws with 7.2 seconds left. Both teams set single-season BIG EAST overtime records in league play. It was the fourth double-overtime game for the Friars. The Golden Eagles were playing their fifth overtime contest.
Cotton finished with 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds while playing all 50 minutes. LaDontae Henton had 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Todd Mayo's 26 points led Marquette. He also had 11 rebounds. Davante Gardner had 15 points and 10 boards. Jamil Wilson posted 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Georgetown's 75-63 win over Creighton should push the Hoyas back in the middle of NCAA conversation. The backcourt of D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Markel Starks and Jabril Trawick propelled the Hoyas.
Smith-Rivera and Starks scored 17 points each with Smith-Rivera grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds and Starks dealing a career-high 11 assists. Trawick finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Doug McDermott got going in the second half after the Bluejays were trailing 42-28 at halftime. He scored 16 of his 22 points after intermission. He moved into ninth place on the NCAA's all-time scoring list with 2,966 points.
BIG EAST teams have played very competitive schedules this season and a return to the round-robin scheduling format with a 10-team league has accentuated that. In this week's RPIRatings.com Report, every BIG EAST team has a strength of schedule rating in the top 100.