Providence 81, Xavier 72 - Bryce Cotton: 25 points, three rebounds, seven assists. LaDontae Henton: 23 points, 11 rebounds, three assists. Kadeem Batts: 12 points, eight rebounds, three blocks. Carson Desrosiers: seven rebounds, six blocks. Tyler Harris: 12 points, six rebounds. Josh Fortune: seven points, three rebounds, four assists.
That's how Providence won the game. Big time performances against a great team from all over the court.
Here's the bad news: That is essentially everyone that played for Providence. Ted Bancroft put up a two trillion with 30 seconds late in the first half and 90 seconds late in the second half. Other than that, Providence had to have a fantastic game from the other six guys on the court. I like Providence's team, but they're going to have to do this over and over and over again for the rest of the season in order to make the post season.
Justin Martin led Xavier in scoring with 19 points and chipped in seven rebounds as well. You can head over to Banners On The Parkway for more on this one.
St. John's 69, Butler 52 - Break up the Red Storm! The Johnnies held the Bulldogs to just 18 points in the second half to extend their seven point halftime lead and win their second Big East game of the season. More importantly, with that second half defensive showing, they became the first Big East team to visit Hinkle Fieldhouse and not go to overtime with Butler.
The Bulldogs looked like they were getting ready to take control of the game, leading 25-15 and 27-18. But St. John's went on a 31-7 run that took nearly 13 minutes and spanned halftime to tilt things in their favor. Butler cut the lead to seven points on an Elijah Brown layup, but they were ultimately doomed to their worst home loss in 20 years.
Seton Hall 86, DePaul 69 - On Monday, Oliver Purnell benched Brandon Young for the entire second half. On Saturday, Brandon Young played 35 minutes, largely because Cleveland Melvin was suspended for a violation of team rules, Charles McKinney was hurt, and Billy Garrett was sick.
This is what it's like to be DePaul.
Taking all of that into account, Fuquan Edwin is a bad, bad man. The senior guard scored a career high 30 points on 11-16 shooting, including 3-7 behind the arc. Edwin got 10 of his points in the first 5+ minutes as the Pirates jumped out to a 13-4 lead and never looked back.
Young had 23 points to lead the Blue Demons. I'm sure South Orange Juice is mid-gloat right about now, so go see what they have to say about the game.
Creighton 76, Georgetown 63 - Get Ethan Wragge in foul trouble. Solid plan, Hoyas. But CenturyLink Center is turning into a graveyard for Big East teams, and a record crowd of 18,859 had no problems supporting his replacement in the lineup, Will Artino.
The junior big man scored a career high 14 points to share in the team lead in points, and that's a crazy thing to have to type. The Hoyas limited All-American Doug McDermott to just 5-15 shooting, so Dougie McBuckets transformed into Dougie McRebounds. McDermott grabbed 10 rebounds in the game, including three on the offensive glass.
Georgetown would cut the lead down to just six points with just under 15 minutes to play, but Artino scored twice on opposite sides of a Mikael Hopkins turnover to push the lead back to 10 and jumpstart a 17-4 run for the Bluejays.