Weekend Recap

No. 19 Notre Dame could not win their second true road win of the season on Saturday, falling to South Florida 69-63. Here's a recap of the other games in Big East basketball this weekend:

*Connecticut 61 Rutgers 50 (OT). The Huskies saved themselves some embarrassment by outscoring the Scarlet Knights 14-3 in the extra session to improve to 14-8 overall and 3-6 in the Big East. UCONN had lost seven of eight heading into the contest and looked to be cruising towards the win. But Rutgers (9-14, 2-8) scored six points in the final 11 seconds of regulation, including a game-tying three-pointer by Anthony Farmer at the buzzer. Jeff Adrien scored 14 of his 19 points after halftime to lead Connecticut. The big stat: the Huskies were 24-of-36 from the free throw line.

*Villanova 57 Louisville 53. In a must-win game in Philadelphia, the Wildcats got 12 points from Shane Clark and held on at the end for the win. Villanova now sits at 15-7 overall and 4-5 in league play. Curtis Sumpter and Scottie Reynolds also added 10 points for the Wildcats. The key stretch was in the second half with the contest tied at 39. But consecutive three-pointers by Clark and Reggie Redding pushed the Villanova lead to six and they never looked back. For the Cardinals, they shot just 34 percent on the game to fall to 16-7 overall and 5-3 in the conference. Earl Clark led Louisville with 14 points. The Cardinals hit only 8-of-23 baskets from three-point range to hamper their ability to win a big road game.

*West Virginia 81 Seton Hall 70. Da'Sean Butler scored a career-high 21 points to pace the Mountaineers to the road victory. West Virginia improves to 18-4 overall and 7-3 in the Big East, which is good for fourth place. The Mountaineers hit 11 of their first 14 shots to start the game, staking them to an 18-point lead. Frank Young chipped in 17 points as West Virginia shot 47 percent for the contest. The Pirates got 23 points from Eugene Harvey and 22 from Brian Laing. Seton Hall never led in the game as they fall to 12-10 overall and 3-6 in the league.

*Marquette 69 Providence 62. On a day when Dwayne Wade's jersey was retired, the Golden Eagles got 18 points and 12 rebounds from Jerel McNeal to pace them to the win. No. 15 Marquette improves to 20-4 overall and 7-2 in the Big East, a game back of Pittsburgh (8-1). Despite holding Dominic James to 2-of-11 shooting, the Golden Eagles led 60-47 when David Cubillan nailed a three-point basket. But the Friars clawed back and cut the deficit to four points. But Marquette pulled away with some clutch shooting and key plays by McNeal. The Golden Eagles reached the 20-win mark for the second straight year and four of the past seven seasons under head coach Tom Crean. Providence falls to 14-7 overall and 4-4 in the conference. Sharaud Curry scored 17 points for the Friars while Herbert Hill added 14.

*Syracuse 75 DePaul 69. Facing four straight losses, the Orange got a career-high 27 points from Eric Devendorf to help them improve to 16-7 overall and 5-4 in the Big East. A game after Devendorf didn't hit a shot in a loss to Notre Dame, he hit 8-of-16 shots, including five from three-point land. Syracuse led by 20 at one point in the second half but the Blue Demons staged a furious rally. They cut the deficit to three points with 1:47 to go before Devendorf scored six late points to seal the game. The Orange's Andy Rautins nailed six three-pointers, good for 18 points. DePaul falls to 13-11 overall and 4-6 in the conference. Draelon Burns scored a career-high 26 points for the Blue Demons while Wilson Chandler earned a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

*St. John's 73 Cincinnati 64. The Red Storm got their first Big East road win of the year on the back of Qa'rraan Calhoun's 18 points. St. John's improves to 13-10 on the year and 4-6 in league play. The Red Storm never trailed and shot 48 percent from the field but did commit 21 turnovers to keep the Bearcats in the game. St. John's forward Anthony Mason, Jr. dislocated his finger in the contest but did come back in the second half. For Cincinnati, their season from hell continues. They fall to 10-12 overall and 1-7 in the Big East, dead last in the conference. The Bearcats have now lost nine of the past 10 contests and shot only 33 percent from the field.


Pittsburgh 20-3, 8-1

Marquette 20-4, 7-2

Georgetown 16-5, 6-2

West Virginia 18-4, 7-3

Louisville 16-7, 6-3

Notre Dame 18-5, 6-4

Syracuse 16-7, 5-4

Providence 14-7, 4-4

Villanova 15-7, 4-5

St. John's 13-10, 4-6

DePaul 13-11, 4-6

Connecticut 14-8, 3-6

Seton Hall 12-10, 3-6

South Florida 12-11, 3-6

Rutgers 9-14, 2-8

Cincinnati 10-12, 1-7

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