BIG EAST teams compiled a 10-2 record Saturday with many of the contests battles among local rivals.
Seton Hall improved to 8-1 with a 68-54 decision over Wake Forest. Forward Herb Pope continued his impressive production with game highs of 26 points and 14 rebounds.
Providence had to come from behind to defeat in-state opponent Bryant 72-61 behind Bryce Cotton's 34 points. LaDonte Henton posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Georgetown jumped to a 17-0 lead over Howard before winning 62-48. Otto Porter led the Hoyas with 13 points and 4 rebounds while Hollis Thompson and Jason Clark each added 12 points.
Dion Waiters had 19 points and six steals, both career highs, as unbeaten Syracuse defeated George Washington 85-50. Kris Joseph had nine points and eight rebounds as Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche, Fab Melo, and C.J. Fair each scored eight for the Orange.
DePaul outscored Chicago State 102-95 with the help of 30 points and eight rebounds from Cleveland Melvin. Marquette knocked off Green Bay 79-61. Jae Crowder led five Golden Eagles in double figures with 21 points.
At Madison Square Garden in New York, Pittsburgh's record improved to 9-1 with a 74-68 win over Oklahoma State. Forward Nasir Robinson had 15 points and six rebounds. Louisville handled Fairleigh Dickinson 80-58. Gorgui Dieng finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds in only 22 minutes of play.
West Virginia outscored Miami (Fla.) 42-29 in the second half in its 77-66 win over the Hurricanes. Darryl Bryant led the Mountaineers with 27 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Notre Dame defeated Dartmouth 65-47 on the strength of 22 points and nine rebounds by Jack Cooley.
The two losses were Villanova falling at Temple 78-67 and Cincinnati losing at Xavier 76-53.
Sunday's schedule includes only one game. USF tries to halt a two-game losing streak when it hosts Florida A&M at the University of Tampa.