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Around The Big East: 1.18.15

We know Marquette fell to Xavier yesterday, but what else happened around the league?

Georgetown likes Ike.
Georgetown likes Ike.
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Georgetown 61, Butler 59 - Isaac Copeland was the hero for the Hoyas on Saturday evening.

That triple came with just 5.4 seconds left in the game and capped a near-remarkable comeback for Georgetown.  It was all Butler through most of the first half, leading 25-15 with 4:30 left in the opening frame.  A 13-6 run by the Hoyas cut the deficit to just four at the break, and with 15:26 left in the game, Georgetown had taken the lead.

The rest of the game was hotly contested with both sides taking their shots at each other.  There were four lead changes in the final 1:50, with three of them coming in the final 40 seconds.  Copeland's triple was the answer to a Roosevelt Jones jumper that put the Bulldogs up 59-58 after D`Vauntes Smith-Rivera had given Georgetown a 58-57 advantage just 24 seconds earlier.

Four Hoyas scored in double digits, led by 14 from DSR, and Mikael Hopkins might have had the best game, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds, too.  Jones had a game high 28 points in the losing effort, while Kellen Dunham added 13.  Head over to Casual Hoya or Butler Hoops for more, depending on what perspective you want.

Providence 74, Creighton 65 - The post-Doug McDermott era in Omaha is not going well.

Kris Dunn had a 21-8-7 for the Friars as they sent the Bluejays to their sixth straight loss to open Big East play, and dropped them to 9-10 overall.  Providence trailed for just 34 seconds in this game, and that was only because Creighton scored the first basket of the game.

The game wasn't without its drama, though.  While the Jays trailed by 14 with just under seven minutes left, the lead had dipped to just six with just a shade over three minutes to play when Devin Brooks cut to the hoop for a bucket.  But Dunn answered on the next possession, and after Carson Desrosiers reeled in a missed James Milliken triple, Dunn scored again to push the lead back to 10 with 1:46 to play.

Milliken had 22 points on 8-12 shooting for the game high total in the losing effort. Three Creighton starters were held scoreless, although Will Artino only played eight minutes.  LaDontae Henton had 18 points for the Friars, and Desrosiers had a great night with nine points, eight rebounds, and six blocks.  Take a look at White & Blue Review to see how the Creighton faithful are reacting.