Only two BIG EAST men's basketball teams took the court on Monday night, as both Providence and Seton Hall grabbed wins on their home courts.
The Friars (6-1) dominated the second half against Central Connecticut, coming away with a 92-57 victory. Providence led by only one at halftime (38-37) and neither team led by more than four points in the first five minutes of the second half. The Friars held a 47-43 lead at the 15-minute mark, but used a 36-4 run over the next 10 minutes to blow the Blue Devils away. PC shot 21-of-33 from the floor in the second frame, while holding CCSU to just 20 points. Senior forward Marshon Brooks notched 26 points to lead all scorers. It was the fourth time this season Providence has held an opponent under 60 points.
Seton Hall (3-3) used a balanced offensive attack to take a 69-49 win over Saint Peter's. The Pirates, who are without leading scorer Jeremy Hazell (broken wrist), had scoring contributions from 10 different players. Jordan Theodore stepped-up in the scoring column with 11 points while Jeff Robinson added 10. The Pirats used runs of 11-0 in the first half and 10-0 in the second to take control of the game. It was the 15th-straight time that Seton Hall has defeated Saint Peter's and 23rd time in the last 24 meetings.
Four BIG EAST teams are in action on Thursday, highlighted by No. 16/14 Georgetown taking on No. 9/8 Missouri in Kansas City. Newly ranked No. 7/9 Connecticut hosts New Hampshire. Also in action, No. 8/7 Syracuse faces Cornell at the Carrier Dome and No. 25/RV Notre Dame takes on Indiana State.