2.4 Around The Big East

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Other than Louisville asserting their dominance over the Golden Eagles, we had two other Big East games yesterday.

Both games were great in different ways, so let's get to it!

Providence 55, Villanova 52 - The Friars led by nine as late as 2:08 left in this one. Then James Bell was fouled on a layup and hit his freebie. A minute later, JayVaughn Pinkston hit two free throws, and followed that up with a bucket 20 seconds later. The Wildcats pressed, Bell got a steal and was fouled by LaDontae Henton, and hit both throws. TA-DA! Tie game with 42.9 remaining. Looks like Providence is gonna be Providence and Villanova's going to be the team that got two courtstorming wins last week, right? Vincent Council drove to the rim and missed, Josh Fortune came up with the batted about rebound, and then it was time for Bryce Cotton. Cotton rattled home an NBA deep triple with 2.2 remaining. Mouphtaou Yarou put a half court attempt off the back of the rim, and Providence ended up with a season sweep of Villanova. Go figure, huh? VU Hoops has more for you.

Connecticut 69, South Florida 64 (OT) - The Huskies came back to win after scoring just 15 points in the first half, and somehow that's not the craziest reversal of fortune in UConn history. The Bulls led by just 12 at the half, and UConn was able to wipe out that lead in just over three minutes. Shabazz Napier had 21 of his game high 24 points in the second half and OT, including three triples in the extra period. I'm guessing that his shoulder isn't bothering him any more. Toarlyn Fitzpatrick led the Bulls in scoring with 22.

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