Big East Results: Round 1

Virginia Tech 61 Rutgers 58- With the help of an 18-3 run at the start of the second half, Virginia Tech advances to the second round against top seed Pittsburgh at Noon on Thursday. During the fateful early second half run, Rutgers committed seven turnovers and made just one of twelve shots.

The run countered the 15-3 Rutgers run at the end of the first half, which put the Scarlet Knights up 35-27 at the half. A final 9-1 run by Rutgers in the game's final two minutes was ended when Rutgers guard Calvin Wooten threw up an air ball three point attempt with one second left in the game. Virginia Tech was led by Coleman Collins with 12, while star Bryan Matthews and Markus Sailes chipped in with 12. Rutgers was led by Marquis Webb with 19 and Ricky Shields with 16. Rutgers dropped to 16-12 and await an NIT bid. Virginia Tech, now 15-13, faces 27-3 Pittsburgh who they lost to 78-59 in the regular season.

Boston College 68 Georgetown 57- The Eagles won their sixth straight and ninth of their last ten to raise their overall record to 22-8, and a date Thursday afternoon with Syracuse. Star forward Craig Smith scored 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Eagles. Jared Dudley added 12 for Boston College, while Uka Agbai and Jemaine Watson joined their teammates in double figures, with 11 and 10 points respectively. Georgetown also had four players in double figures led by Brandon Bowman with 14. Ashanti Cook had 13, while Gerald Riley and Matt Causey added 12 a piece. Georgetown lost their ninth straight game to drop to 13-15, while having their run of 24 straight quarterfinal appearances snapped. Syracuse (21-6) beat Boston College in their only meeting this season, 96-73, at the Carrier Dome.

Notre Dame 65 West Virginia 64- Freshman Colin Falls hit a go ahead three pointer with 11 seconds to go to lift the Irish over the Mountaineers. West Virginia's Joe Herber attempted a three point shot as time expired, but it missed, thus ending an almost miraculous comeback victory that saw a 16 point Notre Dame lead completely disappear. West Virginia lost in the first round of the tournament for the seventh straight year and ended the season at 15-13. A probable NIT bid is next for the Mountaineers, who were led by Herber's career high 17 points. Chris Thomas' 19 led Notre Dame who upped their record to 17-11, and still have an outside chance of making the NCAA tournament, though they must face No. 2 seed UConn tomorrow. The two teams split the season series.

Villanova 61 Seton Hall 60- Randy Foye's jumper with 3.6 seconds left lifted the Wildcats to a one point upset over the Pirates. Seton Hall's Marcus Toney-El completely missed two free throws with 16 seconds left that could have at least prevented a loss in regulation. The second attempt failed to hit the rim. Seton Hall, now 20-9, must sweat it out as far as an NCAA Tournament bid. Villanova was led by Allan Ray's 15 points, all of which came in the first half, and Foye and Curtis Sumpter who both had 13. Kelly Whitney lead the Pirates with 20 points while Andre Barrett had 15 points and 7 assists. Villanova raised their record to 15-15 and need a victory over third-seed Providence on Thursday to have a chance at an NIT bid. Providence (20-7) beat Villanova both times they played in the regular season, the last by 26 points.

       2004 BIG EAST MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 

 FIRST ROUND
 WED.  MARCH 10

 QUARTER FINALS
 THURS.  MARCH 11

 SEMIFINALS
 FRI.  MARCH 12

 CHAMPIONSHIP
 SAT.  MARCH 13

(8) VIRGINIA TECH 61
ESPN Noon
(9) RUTGERS 58

     
 

(8) VIRGINIA TECH
ESPN2 Noon
(1) PITTSBURGH

   

(5) BOSTON COLLEGE 68
ESPN 2:00pm
(12) GEORGETOWN 57

 

 
ESPN 7:00pm
 

 
 

(5) BOSTON COLLEGE
ESPN2 2:00pm
(4) SYRACUSE

   
     

 
ESPN 8:00pm
 

(7) NOTRE DAME 65
ESPN 7:00pm
(10) WEST VIRGINIA 64

     

 

(7) NOTRE DAME
ESPN2 7:00pm
(2) CONNECTICUT

   

(6) SETON HALL 60
ESPN 9:00pm
(11) VILLANOVA 61

 


ESPN 9:00pm
 

 

 

(11) VILLANOVA
ESPN 9:00pm
(3) PROVIDENCE

   

Panther More Top Stories