Big East Recap

Notre Dame's 88-76 win over Seton Hall on Sunday moved the Irish to 15-2 on the season and 3-1 in the conference. The mark is good for second in the Big East, behind 4-0 Pittsburgh. Here are the weekend results of the league contests and the current standings heading into week three of conference play.

*Louisville 78 Providence 63. The Cardinals got 23 points and 12 rebounds from Terrance Williams to down the Friars at Freedom Hall. Louisville improves to 2-1 in the Big East and 12-5 overall. Providence fell from the league unbeaten list and they now sit at 2-1 in the conference and 12-4 overall. Herbert Hill matched Williams' performance with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Geoff McDermott contributed 11 points and 14 assists. The problem for the Friars: 26 turnovers, which led to 39 Louisville points.

*Marquette 81 No. 21 West Virginia 63. The Mountaineers had an unforgettable week, losing two contests on the road to fall to 3-2 in the Big East and 13-3 overall. The Golden Eagles got a game-high 21 points from Dominic James to move to 2-2 in the league and 15-4 overall. After starting out 0-2 in the Big East, Marquette gets back to .500 with wins over Connecticut and West Virginia.

*Syracuse 75 Villanova 64. At the Carrier Dome, the conference's leading scorer, Demetris Nichols, scored 23 points to move the Orange to 3-1 in the league and 14-4 overall. Syracuse also got 17 points and 14 rebounds from Terrance Roberts. Villanova falls to 1-3 in the Big East and 12-5 overall despite getting 23 points and 12 rebounds from Curtis Sumpter. The Wildcats shot just 8-of-28 from three-point range.

*DePaul 60 Rutgers 37. The Demon Deacons swarmed the Scarlet Knights on the road en route to a 23-point victory. DePaul is now 2-2 in the league and 11-7 overall. They got a season-high 21 points from Karron Clark. Rutgers continues a bad season, dropping to 8-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference. The 37 points scored on Saturday is their lowest point total ever in the shot clock era.

*No. 7 Pittsburgh 74 Georgetown 69. The Panthers raced out to a nine-point halftime lead and held on to beat the Hoyas. Pittsburgh got 18 points from Mike Cook to improve to 4-0 in the Big East and 16-2 overall. They have not lost at home this season (11-0). Georgetown had a disappointing week, losing to both Villanova and the Panthers to fall to 1-2 in the league and 11-5 overall. The Hoyas lost despite getting 15 points and seven assists from Jeff Green.

*No. 24 Connecticut 68 St. John's 59. The Huskies had three freshmen, A.J. Price, Stanley Robinson and Hasheem Thabeet, total 40 points in the win over the Red Storm in New York City. UCONN evens their league record at 2-2 and 13-3 overall. The Huskies shot 50 percent for the game while holding St. John's to just 33 percent from the field. The Red Storm's loss sends them to 1-3 in the Big East and 10-7 overall. Center Aaron Spears returned from an 11-game absence to score a team-high 11 points and grab seven rebounds.

*South Florida 74 Cincinnati 59. The Bulls earned their first Big East win of the year at home versus the Bearcats on Sunday. Kentrell Gransberry, who is second in the league in rebounding, scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to help South Florida improve to 10-8 overall and 1-3 in the conference. The woes continue for Cincinnati as they fall to 0-2 in the Big East and 9-7 overall. The Bearcats are the only team in the league without a conference win and they've lost four in a row, all by double digits, for the first time in 19 years. Deonta Vaughn led Cincinnati on Sunday with 21 points.

***STANDINGS

Pittsburgh 4-0, 16-2

Notre Dame 3-1, 15-2

Syracuse 3-1, 14-4

Providence 2-1, 12-4

Louisville 2-1, 12-5

West Virginia 3-2, 13-3

Connecticut 2-2, 13-3

Marquette 2-2, 15-4

Seton Hall 2-2, 10-6

DePaul 2-2, 11-7

Georgetown 1-2, 11-5

Villanova 1-3, 12-5

St. John's 1-3, 10-7

South Florida 1-3, 10-8

Rutgers 1-3, 8-9

Cincinnati 0-2, 9-7


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