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All seven Big East games yesterday were decided in the final minute. Yay football.
In chronological order, then....
Pittsburgh 69, Connecticut 61 - The Huskies rallied back from a 13 point halftime deficit to tie the game at 55 on a Niels Giffey dunk and again at 58 on a Ryan Boatright free throw with 4:09 remaining. But James Robinson scored seven of his 12 points down the stretch to keep Pitt in control, including four free throws in the last 30 seconds. You can get more on this game from Cardiac Hill and The UConn Blog.
St. John's 71, DePaul 62 - The Red Storm were the last member of The Seven to pick up a win this season over another member of the departing group. After having a three point halftime lead, it looked like SJU was in control up 17 with 7:36 to play. But the Blue Demons went on a 16-2 run to cut it to just three with 2:24 to play. In fact, SJU's bucket during that run was their only made field goal in the last 7:36. But DePaul would be DePaul and not score again, allowing St. John's to close things out at the free throw line. You can check in with Rumble In The Garden for more on this one.
#6/6 Syracuse 70, #1/1 Louisville 68 - What a frustrating end of the game sequence for Cardinals fans. With 30 seconds, Louisville is up 1. And then this happened. What a way to lose your #1 ranking. Card Chronicle and Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician have more.
Providence 69, Villanova 66 - Only Providence could rally back from a seven point halftime deficit, build a five point lead with 30 seconds left, and then get whistled for a technical foul that would let the Wildcats get things back to one possession. But Nova whiffed on the next possession, Kris Dunn and Bryce Cotton both split a pair of free throws, and that was that. VU Hoops tries to figure out what happened.
South Florida 61, Georgetown 58 - If I told you that USF trailed by as many as 11 and didn't hit a field goal for the last six and a half minutes, would you believe that they had a chance of winning? And yet, they somehow ended up with their first Big East win of the season. Anthony Collins hit two free throws after an Otto Porter turnover with three seconds left, and a Porter desperation heave missed at the buzzer. Voodoo Five celebrates while Casual Hoya tries not to panic.
#20/20 Notre Dame 69, Rutgers 66 - Scott Martin drew a charge on Eli Carter with two seconds left and the Irish clinging to a one point lead, Eric Atkins drained two free throws and Notre Dame snapped a two game losing streak. Hey, remember when Jack Cooley got benched for the last quarter of the game against St. John's? Apparently he's totally fine with Mike Brey now, as Cooley played 34 minutes in this one while recording a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Head over to On The Banks to see what they think about that foul on Carter.