Weekend Recap

Notre Dame's 66-63 win over Villanova improved their record to 17-4 on the season and 5-3 in the Big East. Halfway through conference play, the Irish are two full games behind leader No. 9 Pittsburgh (7-1). Here's a recap of the contests this weekend in the league plus a look at the current standings in the Big East.

*Providence 84 Connecticut 72. The Huskies were in control of this game. They led by 11 at halftime at home and were shooting 56 percent from the field. But that's what they lay two halves in basketball. Providence outscored UCONN by 23 points in the second half en route to the win and improved their record to 14-6 overall and 4-3 in the Big East. Weyinmi Efejuku scored 19 points, including 16 after intermission. Sharaud Curry added 12 points and 10 assists. The Huskies shot just 23 percent in the second half to fall to 13-7 on the year and 2-5 on the season. They've now lost six of seven. Jeff Adrien recorded his tenth double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

*Georgetown 82 Cincinnati 67. Roy Hibbert dominated the Bearcats for a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds to help the Hoyas improve to 15-5 on the year and 5-2 in the Big East. Jeff Green chipped in 17 for Georgetown as they now sit 1.5 games behind Pittsburgh in the conference standings. Cincinnati gave a valiant effort on the road, hitting 14 three-point shots but still lost their seventh game in the past eight outings. They fall to 10-10 on the season and 1-5 in the league, which is tied for last. Marcus Sikes led the Bearcats with 19 points but fouled out with 13 minutes remaining.

*Rutgers 74 Seton Hall 70 (2 OT's). In an unlikely contender for game of the weekend, Adrian Hill scored 18 points and 19 rebounds to lift the Scarlet Knights to the win. The victory pushes them to 9-12 on the year and 2-5 in the Big East. Rutgers needed two three-pointers from J.R. Inman in regulation just to send the game into the first overtime. Seton Hall had another chance to win it in the first extra session but Brian Laing missed a late free throw. The Pirates fall to 11-9 on the season and 3-5 in the league. Eugene Harvey led Seton Hall with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists.

*Pittsburgh 72 St. John's 46. After losing their first home game of the year last weekend to Marquette, the Panthers dominated the Red Storm to improve to 19-3 on the year and 7-1 in the Big East. That's good for first in the conference, one game ahead of the Golden Eagles. Aaron Gray notched another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The 7-1 start is the best ever for Pittsburgh in the league. After upsetting No. 21 Notre Dame on Tuesday, St. John's lost a tough road game and fell to 14-6 on the season and 3-4 in the Big East. The Red Storm shot just 32 percent from the field and only had one player score in double figures (Anthony Mason. Jr. with 10 points).

*Louisville 76 Syracuse 71. The Cardinals overcame a 14-point deficit with just under 10 minutes remaining to win a crucial home game at Freedom Hall. Louisville now goes to 15-6 on the season and 5-2 in the conference. They've won five of six games in league play. Terrence Williams's two three-pointers with just over two minutes to go turned a two-point deficit into a four-point lead. Edgar Sosa led the Cardinals with 19 points. The deflating defeat sends the Orange to 15-6 overall and 4-3 in the Big East. Eric Devendorf led the team with 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

*West Virginia 64 DePaul 52. Joe Alexander scored a career-high 23 points to help the Mountaineers improve to 16-4 on the season and 5-3 in the league. West Virginia has not lost at home this year (11-0). Alex Ruoff contributed 12 points and seven assists. The Mountaineers next play No. 9 Pittsburgh and No. 3 UCLA, both on the road. DePaul falls to 12-10 overall and 3-5 in the Big East. Wilson Chandler led the Blue Demons with 11 points.

*Marquette 60 South Florida 58. The Golden Eagles, in prime position to contend for the conference crown, escaped with a victory down in Tampa, FL. Down 58-56, Dominic James hit a driving shot with 15 seconds to tie it up. Then, Golden Eagles' guard Jerel McNeal stole a South Florida pass and hit a layup at the buzzer for the two-point win. No. 20 Marquette is now 19-4 on the year and 6-2 in the Big East, a game behind Pittsburgh. James scored 16 points while McNeal added 13. The Bulls were led by McHugh Mattis's 20 points and nine rebounds as South Florida fell to 11-11 overall and 2-6 in the league.

***STANDINGS

Pittsburgh 7-1, 19-3

Marquette 6-2, 19-4

Georgetown 5-2, 15-5

Louisville 5-2, 15-6

Notre Dame 5-3, 17-4

West Virginia 5-3, 16-4

Syracuse 4-3, 15-6

Providence 4-3, 14-6

Villanova 3-4, 14-6

St. John's 3-5, 12-9

Seton Hall 3-5, 11-9

DePaul 3-5, 12-10

Connecticut 2-5, 13-7

South Florida 2-6, 11-11

Rutgers 2-6, 9-12

Cincinnati 1-5, 10-10


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