A busy Tuesday night saw BIG EAST teams go 7-2 in nonconference action.
Louisville turned in its best defensive effort in 64 years as the Cardinals smothered Arkansas State 54-27 at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville allowed the Red Wolves just 10 field goals - five in each half - and held the visitors to just 24.4-percent shooting for the game. That effort allowed a balanced, if not overpowering, offensive performance to carry the Cardinals to an easy win as 10 players figured in the scoring. Forward Kyle Kuric led the way with 12 points. The last time Louisville held a team to 27 points or fewer was in 1947, when the Cardinals beat Georgetown College 20-13. WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Georgetown bounced back from an opening-round loss to Kansas with a second-round win against Chaminade in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Guard Jason Clark paced the Hoyas' 88-61 win with a game-high 28 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field and a 6-of-7 showing from 3-point range. Georgetown had a 38-19 rebounding advantage and shot 57.9 percent for the game. The Hoyas face Memphis Wednesday in their final game in Maui. WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Seton Hall had leaned on the senior tandem of Jordan Theodore and Herb Pope through its first four games, but sophomore guard Fuquan Edwin led the Pirates in their 73-62 win against Yale at the Prudential Center. Edwin scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting to lead four Seton Hall players in double figures. Pope turned in a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Theodore had 13 points and forward Patrik Auda had 12 for the 4-1 Pirates. Seton Hall was playing its fourth game in six days.
Providence remained unbeaten with a 59-53 win against Southern at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, but it didn't come easy for the Friars, who made just 13 field goals and shot 26.5 percent from the field. But Providence had sizable advantages on the glass (48-38) and at the free throw line (outscoring the Jaguars 32-9) to improve to 4-0. Guard Gerard Coleman led the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while forward LaDontae Henton had 11 points.
St. John's enjoyed an efficient offensive performance as the Red Storm shot 52 percent from the field and made 6-of-10 3-point attempts in a 63-48 win against Saint Francis (N.Y.) at Carnesecca Arena. Each of the seven players in the Red Storm rotation played at least 22 minutes and figured in the scoring, with guard D'Angelo Harrison leading the way with 21 points. Forward Moe Harkless added 18 for St. John's, which stands at 4-2.
West Virginia improved to 3-1 with an easy 83-48 win against Morehead State, last year's Ohio Valley Conference champion, at the West Virginia Coliseum. Forward Kevin Jones continued his strong start with 23 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, leading four Mountaineer players in double figures. Guard Daryl Bryant had 14 points, while forward Deniz Kilicli and guard Gary Browne had 10 points each. The Mountaineers had a 40-22 rebounding advantage and had a 19-4 scoring edge at the free throw line. WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Pittsburgh had its hands full with upset-minded La Salle at the Petersen Events Center, but the Panthers came up with a key defensive stop down the stretch to hold on for a 73-69 win. The Panthers withstood 21 turnovers with a 42-24 rebounding advantage and placed four players in double figures. Forward Nasir Robinson had 17 points, while guard Ashton Gibbs had 14. Guard Tray Woodall has 12 points with 10 assists, but added three blocks, including a rejection in the closing seconds as the Explorers were within three points.
Rutgers fought back from a 13-point second-half deficit to hold a lead against Illinois State with 1:52 left, but the Redbirds came up with a big 3-pointer with 1:29 left to hand the Scarlet Knights a 76-70 setback in the Triple Crown Cancun Challenge. Illinois State shot 71.4 percent from the field in the second half (10-of-14) to send Rutgers to the consolation game against Richmond Wednesday. Guard Eli Carter and forward Austin Johnson had 12 points each for the Scarlet Knights.WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Notre Dame dropped its second straight game Tuesday as the Irish fell 61-57 to Georgia in the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Notre Dame struggled offensively, making just 34.8 percent of its field goal attempts, and was on the short end of a 37-23 rebounding margin. Guard Jerian Grant was 10-of-11 from the free throw line, scoring 20 points for the Irish, who fell to 4-2.WATCH HIGHLIGHTS
Four games dot Wednesday's BIG EAST schedule. Georgetown will face Memphis at 5 p.m. ET in the Maui Invitational on ESPN2. USF will host Georgia Southern at the St. Pete Times Forum at 7 p.m., while Rutgers meets Richmond in the Cancun Challenge consolation game at 7 as well. Syracuse heads to Madison Square Garden to take on Virginia Tech in the semifinals of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at 9:30.