Weekend Recap

The Big East Conference basketball season is starting to hit full stride. League play began last week and over the weekend, there was a bevy of games that's impacted the early standings. Irish Eyes looks back at the weekend that was in the Big East.

*Georgetown 66 Notre Dame 48: The Hoyas jumped out to a huge 18-2 lead to start the game and coasted from there to end the Irish's 12-game win streak. Georgetown, now 11-3 overall and 1-0 in the league, was led by 7-2 center Roy Hibbert, who scored 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting. No. 17 Notre Dame falls to 13-2 on the year and 1-1 in the conference. Russell Carter and Rob Kurz combined to shoot just 5-of-20 from the field. The key stats: the Hoyas shot 58 percent while the Irish struggled at 30 percent.

*DePaul 73 Villanova 66: The Blue Demons continued their hot play by going to Philadelphia and beating the Wildcats. DePaul has won six of seven and improves to 10-6 on the year and 1-1 in the Big East. Sammy Mejia killed Villanova with a team-high 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting. The Demon Deacons' Wilson Chandler recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. In the defeat, Villanova drops to 10-4 and 0-2 in the conference. Guard Scott Reynolds hit seven three-pointers en route to a game-high 25 points for the Wildcats while Curtis Sumpter added 15 points and eight rebounds. Sumpter leads the league in scoring at 19.4 PPG.

*West Virginia 73 St. John's 46: The No. 25 Mountaineers blew out the Red Storm to push their record to 13-1 on the season and a league-leading 3-0 in the conference. Guard Darris Nichols scored a career-high 20 points for West Virginia, who have now won eight in a row. The Mountaineers are off to their best start since the 1981-82 season. St. John's was unable to land the upset road victory as they fell to 10-5 on the year and 1-1 in the conference.

*Providence 91 Seton Hall 69: Herbert Hill's 25 points led the Friars to an easy win over the Pirates. Hill shot 10-of-17 from the field, pulled down nine rebounds and blocked four shots. Weyinmi Efejuku added 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help Providence improve to 12-3 on the year and 2-0 in the Big East. The Friars' Geoff McDermott continued to rack up double-doubles, netting 14 points to go along with 15 rebounds. It was his eighth of the season, which is a league high. With the loss, Seton Halls falls to 9-5 on the year and 1-1 in the Big East.

*LSU 66 UCONN 49: After starting the year 11-0, the No. 18 Huskies have lost two of their last three with the most recent a double digit defeat on the road in Baton Rogue. UCONN shot only 31 percent from the field. Jerome Dyson was the only Husky player to score in double digits with 12 points. Despite being down by just two at halftime, No. 14 LSU outscored the Huskies 36-21 in the second half to pull away. UCONN has not won a road game this season as head coach Jim Calhoun starts all underclassmen. They also had 19 turnovers as the Huskies fell to 12-2 on the year.

*Pittsburgh 69 South Florida 48: The No. 10 Panthers got 11 points from Levance Fields to improve to 2-0 in the Big East and 14-2 overall. Center Aaron Gray scored only seven points in the contest. It's the fourth straight game that he's been held under double digits. The difference: Pittsburgh hit 10-of-16 shots from three-point distance. South Florida falls to 9-7 and 0-2 in league action. Kentrell Gransberry led the Bulls with 14 points.

*Rutgers 54 Cincinnati 42: In a defensive struggle with two bad offensive teams, the Scarlet Knights used a 16-2 run in the second half to propel them to the win. Rutgers improves to 8-7 overall and 1-1 in the Big East. Cincinnati shot just 34 percent from the field and committed 14 turnovers. The Bearcats have lost three in a row, all by double digits. Cincinnati's Marcus Sikes scored a game-high 17 points as they fall to 9-6 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

*Syracuse 70 Marquette 58: Eric Devendorf's 20 points led the Orange to the upset win on the road in Milwaukee. Syracuse ended the game on a 15-3 run, much of it at the free throw line. The Orange went 21-of-35 from the charity stripe to improve their record to 12-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big East. It was Syracuse's first win of the year over a ranked team. The Golden Eagles got just six points from Dominic James. Marquette committed 23 turnovers and shot 4-of-21 from three-point distance against the Orange's vaunted 2-3 zone defense as they fall to 13-4 and 0-2 in league play.

Games of importance to watch this week: No. 25 West Virginia (13-1, 3-0) at No. 17 Notre Dame (13-2, 1-1) on Tuesday, No. 15 Marquette (13-4, 0-2) at No. 18 Connecticut (12-2, 1-1) on Wednesday, No. 10 Pittsburgh (14-2, 2-0) at DePaul (10-6, 1-1) on Wednesday, No. 15 Marquette at No. 25 West Virginia on Saturday and No. 10 Pittsburgh at Georgetown (11-3, 1-0) on Saturday.


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