Marquette and Cincinnati scored wins Monday night, while Georgetown and Notre Dame came up short against top-25 opponents in tournament play.
Marquette found a familiar opponent in the championship game of the Paradise Jam as Norfolk State reached the final with a pair of upsets in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. The Golden Eagles, who had defeated the Spartans by 31points Nov. 14, had a tougher time in the rematch as Norfolk State erased a 14-point second-half deficit before Marquette was able to take a 59-57 win. Marquette never trailed in the game, though the Golden Eagles needed a fast-break dunk by Jae Crowder to break a 57-57 tie with 1:09 left. Crowder finished with a double-double, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds, while guard Darius Johnson-Odom had a game-high 20 points for the 5-0 Golden Eagles.WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Cincinnati bounced back from its first loss of the season with a 71-43 win against Northwestern State Monday, behind an 18-point, 11-rebound effort from forward Yancy Gates. The Bearcats built a 31-16 halftime lead and weren't challenged in the second half as nine players figured in the scoring. Guard Sean Kilpatrick chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds, while guard Dion Dixon had 12 points. WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Georgetown stayed within striking distance of No. 14/14 Kansas for the better part of their first-round game at the EA Sports Maui Invitational, but the Jayhawks had enough of a finishing kick to take a 67-63 win from the Hoyas. Guard Jason Clark had 15 points, while forward Hollis Thompson had 14 for Georgetown, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Jayhawks. WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Notre Dame figured to get a boost from the return of forward Tim Abromaitis to the lineup after a four-game suspension. And Abromaitis did his part with 22 points and eight rebounds, but No. 16/16 Missouri started quickly and never slowed on its way to an 87-58 win against the Irish in the CBE Classic in Kansas City. The Tigers shot 58.2 percent from the field - compared to 37.0 percent for the Irish - sending Notre Dame to the consolation game against Georgia Tuesday afternoon. WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
A busy Tuesday in the BIG EAST begins with Georgetown taking on Chaminade in the second round of the Maui Invitational at 4:30 ET on ESPN2. Rutgers faces Illinois State in the opening round of the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge in Mexico in one of six 7 p.m. starts tonight. Also at 7, St. John's hosts Saint Francis (N.Y.), Seton Hall hosts Yale, Louisville hosts Arkansas State, Pittsburgh hosts La Salle, Providence hosts Southern, and West Virginia entertains Morehead State. Notre Dame will face Georgia at 7:45 on ESPNU in the CBE Classic consolation game.