Here's a recap of the games played by Big East Conference teams for the week ending Sunday, December 18th:
destroyed Division II St. Thomas Aquinas College, 94-56. The Scarlet Knights only led 36-24 at
intermission, but went on a 17-4 run to open the 2nd half. Junior SG Quincy Douby paced
Rutgers with 27 points, including 5 three pointers. Jaron Griffin added 13 points. The win gives the Scarlet Knights a 7-2
record. Willis Kettrell was the
leading scorer for the Spartans (4-4) with 12 points.
#3 Villanova survived a late run by Penn, winning 62-55 at the
Palestra. The Wildcats let 32-23 at
the half, but the Quakers fought back and closed to within four points at 55-51
with just under two minutes left before Villanova was able to put the game
away. The Wildcats were as
usual led by their excellent senior guard tandem of Allan Ray and Randy Foye,
who scored 19 and 16 points respectively.
Friedrich Ebede was the leading scorer for Penn with 13 points and 10
rebounds. Villanova improved to
7-0, while Penn fell to 3-4.
#4 Louisville pulled away in
the final 20 minutes to rout Chicago
State 78-54. The Cardinals only led by three, 32-29,
at the half as star sophomore forward Juan Palacios was forced from the game
with an injury to his right ankle.
Senior guard Taquan Dean led the way for
Louisville with 21 points and 8
rebounds. Center David Padgett
added 12 points and 8 boards. Guard
David Holston led the Cougars with 17 points. The unbeaten Cardinals are now 6-0,
State dropped to 1-6.
DePaul recorded a huge road win over #16 Wake Forest, 84-81. Junior Sammy Mejia paced the Blue Demons
with 24 points and 7 rebounds.
Mejia's basket with 12 seconds left gave DePaul an 82-78 lead and iced
the win. Sophomore guard Draelon
Burns added 22 points along with 4 assists. Senior Center Eric Williams tallied 24
points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a losing cause for the Demon Deacons. The victory improved DePaul's record
to5-3, while Wake
Forest fell to 7-2.
Cincinnati broke open a close
game in the 2nd half to crush
U. 86-58. The Bearcats only led 39-38 after the
first twenty minutes, but outscored the Bobcats 47-20 in the 2nd
half. Freshman PG Devan Downey led
Cincinnati with a career-high 24
points. Junior forward Sonny
Troutman led Ohio
U. with 17 points.
Cincinnati's win leaves them
with a 5-2 record, while Ohio
suffered their initial loss after winning their first four
Rutgers improved to
8-2 with a 91-56 win over
Maine. Junior SG Quincy Douby led the Scarlet
Knights with 22 points. Junior PG
Marquis Webb and sophomore PF Ollie Bailey each chipped in with 11 points. Phil Bofia scored a career-high 15
points for Maine, who fell to
South Florida rallied
in the 2nd half to pound Florida Atlantic 62-44. The Bulls trailed 27-25 at intermission,
but senior center Solomon Jones led the comeback for USF with 17 points, 15
rebounds, and 6 blocked shots. USF
improved to 5-3. Forward Rodney
Webb led Florida Atlantic (3-3) with 11 points and 11 boards.
#23 Kentucky blasted #4
Louisville 73-61 at Rupp Arena. Sophomore PG Rajon Rondo had a huge game
for the Wildcats, scoring a career-high 25 points and adding 7 assists. Junior forward Sheray Thomas was the
only other Kentucky player in
double figures with 11. Sophomore
forward Juan Palacios led the Cardinals with 15 points and 7 rebounds. The win was the 350th of
coach Tubby Smith's career, and improved
Kentucky's record to 7-3.
Louisville's loss leaves them
with a 6-1 mark.
Marquette defeated San Francisco, as senior forward Steve Nokak connected
for 22 points, including 6 three pointers.
Guard Jerel McNeal added 15 points for the Golden Eagles.
Marquette is now 7-3. Sophomore Center Jason Carter led the
Dons (4-6) with 17 points.
Garden, Marist upset
St. John's 56-53. It was Marist's first ever win over the
Red Storm. Junior guard Will
Whittington scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Red Foxes, including two
key free throws with 24 seconds left providing the final margin of victory. St.
John's missed two desperation 3 point shots on their last
possession. Anthony Mason Jr. and
Darryl Hill led the Red Storm with 11 points each. St.
John's fell to 5-3, while Marist is now 3-4.
Pittsburgh improved to 8-0
with a 63-52 win over
Vermont. Senior guard Carl Krauser led the
Panthers with 21 points and 5 assists.
Junior center Aaron Gray had his sixth "double-double" of the young
season with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Kyle Cieplicki and Martin Klimes each tallied 12 for the Catamounts, who
fell to 3-5.
Cincinnati crushed Tennessee
Tech 105-62. The Bearcats were
paced by a trio of seniors; PF
Ernie Hicks scored 19 points and added 7 rebounds, SF James White and SG Jihad
Mohammad added 19 and 18 points respectively. Freshman PG Devan Downey also
contributed in a big way with 16 points, 9 assists, and 7 boards. The victory gives
Cincinnati a 6-2 mark. Sophomore guard Anthony Fisher led the
Golden Eagles (6-2) with 16
Four days after pulling a shocking road win over #16
Forest, DePaul was ambushed 87-43 by
Old Dominion. The Blue Demons only
trailed 29-22 at the half, but were outscored by an amazing 58-21 margin in the
final twenty minutes. Junior
forward Arnaud Dahi and junior guard Drew Williamson each had 18 for the
Monarchs. DePaul shot only 24.1%
from the field (14-58). Their
leading scorer was guard Draelon Burns with just 8 points. The Blue Demons fell to 5-4, while Old
Dominion is now 7-2.
Rutgers coasted to
their 3rd easy win of the week, 63-45 over
State. Junior SG Quincy Douby once again led
the Scarlet Knights with 21 points.
Sophomore PF Ollie Bailey added 18 along with 9 rebounds. The victory leaves
Rutgers with a 9-2 record. The Bulldogs, who were paced by junior
guard Brian Mason's 13 points, fell to 2-6.
Georgetown improved to 5-2
with an easy 70-50 win over Stetson.
The Hoyas opened the game with a 15-0 run and coasted the rest of the
way. Sophomore center Ray Hibbert
led Georgetown with 17 points and 10
rebounds. Brandon Bowman and Mark
Egerson each tallied 12 points.
Senior guard Anthony Register topped the Hatters (0-8) with
Connecticut remained undefeated at
8-0 by throttling New Hampshire
86-44, behind sophomore SF Rudy Gay's 22 points. Freshman Marcus Johnson, making his
first career start, added 20. The
Huskies opened up a 42-15 lead at intermission and were on cruise control in the
2nd half against the overmatched Wildcats. Junior forward Blagoj Janev accounted
for more than half of New
Hampshire's (2-8) points with 24.
Notre Dame edged IPFW 65-63.
The Irish survived a late run by the Mastadons, who scored the game's
final 7 points but could not manage to get another shot off before the final
buzzer sounded. Senior center Torin
Francis had a huge game for Notre Dame, with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Junior SG Colin Falls added 15
points. Free throw shooting was
crucial for Notre Dame (5-2), as they converted 17 of 19. The Irish were without senior PG Chris
Quinn, who missed the game with an ankle bruise. Forward DeWitt Scott led IPFW (2-7) with
Senior SG Gerry McNamara tossed in 38 points to lead
Syracuse past Davidson 90-80. The
Orange really depended on their 3
point shooting for the victory, connecting on 14 of 26. Eight of the fourteen came from
McNamara. Junior SF Demetris
Nichols added a career-high 26 points, as
Syracuse improved to 8-2. Davidson (6-3) was paced by senior
forward Ian Johnson's 23 points
It must have seemed like the Brick Throwers Convention at Continental
Airlines Arena as Northwestern squeaked past Seton Hall 44-42. The winning basket came on a driving
lay-up by senior guard Mohamad Hachad with just 3.3 seconds left. Hachad's basket came after a 3 pointer
by the Pirates' Stan Gaines tied the game at 42 with 20 seconds remaining. Senior guard Donald Copeland, who missed
a 3 point shot at the buzzer, led Seton Hall (6-3) with 14 points. Senior PF Vedran Vukusic had a game-high
18 for the Wildcats, now 5-4.
Northwestern won despite shooting just 30.8% (16-52) from the field. The Pirates were even worse, making just
12 of 51 shots (23.5%).
Big East News & Notes:
Freshman forward DeAndre Coleman left Cincinnati for "personal
reasons." Speculation persists that
Cincinnati's president Nancy Zimpher will replace interim head coach Andy
Kennedy after this season. Kennedy
was the top assistant of former head coach Bob Huggins. The most prominent name being thrown
around as Kennedy's possible successor is Wake Forest's Skip Prosser, who had a
highly successful run in the Queen City while at Xavier.
This Week's Schedule:
Arkansas-Monticello @ Cincinnati, Oakland @ Marquette
Middle Tennessee @ Louisville, Northeastern @ Providence
DePaul @ California, Savannah State @ Georgetown, Niagara @ Notre Dame,
Coppin State @ Pittsburgh, St. John's @ Duke, Illinois-Chicago @
Dayton @ Cincinnati, Delaware State @ Marquette, Yale @ Providence,
Charlotte @ Rutgers, Iowa State @ South Florida, La Salle @ Villanova, West
Virginia @ Oklahoma
Cincinnati @ LSU, Morehead State @ Connecticut, Columbia @ Notre
Detroit @ Louisville
No games! HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO