Seton Hall 68, Xavier 60 - Well, well, well, look at the Pirates. SHU took advantage of nine points from Jared Sina to go on a 14-5 run and end Xavier's 13 game home winning streak. The loss is just the 26th for the Musketeers in the 14 year history of Cintas Center. The Pirates move to 4-5 in league play and 13-9 overall, while Xavier falls to 15-6 and 5-3 in Big East play.
The game seemed to hinge on Sina's four point play in that 14-5 run. Not only did Sina move the game from a one point Seton Hall lead to a five point advantage, it was also the fourth foul for Xavier star guard Semaj Christon. He subbed out immediately and didn't return until there was 3:30 left in the game, but by that point, Seton Hall was up by nine. A dunk from Christon cut it to five with 1:13 to play, but a pair of free throws from Brandon Mobley pushed it back to seven, and Sina provided a dagger of a freebie with 39 seconds remaining.
Christon finished with a game high 21 points, while Matt Stainbrook contributed 16 points and 14 rebounds to the losing effort. Seton Hall had 4 players in double figures, led by 18 from Fuquan Edwin. Head over to South Orange Juice and Banners On The Parkway for the finer details.
Providence 77, DePaul 72 - The Friars bounced back from their Thursday night loss to Marquette by hanging on for a win in the Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Things should have been easier for the Friars. They built a 16 point lead with seven minutes left in the first half, and with Cleveland Melvin missing his second game on an indefinite suspension and Billy Garrett and Charles McKinney out again with illness and injury respectively, things seemed to be coming up Providence. But because of a lack of information, Ed Cooley and his staff weren't familiar with DePaul's reserves. That led to R.J. Curington going for a career high 22 points, and with seven minutes left, the game was tied.
PC would score the next seven points to put themselves back in the drivers' seat, and they held DePaul to just three field goals over the final three minutes to dig out the win.
Bryce Cotton was a lethal machine for Providence, shooting 9-15 from the field on his way to 28 points and six assists. Curington's 22 led the way for the Blue Demons.