Friday, February 15, 2019

Big East mid-week recap for Feb. 15

By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

With Valentine’s Day being a thing of the past, another exciting weekend of Big East basketball is right around the corner as some big matchups will be in play. Before the games start up, here is a recap of league play from earlier in the week.

Tuesday, Feb. 12:

No. 10 Marquette 92, DePaul 73

In an almost pro-Marquette crowd at Wintrust Arena, Markus Howard continued his hot shooting with 36 points for his fourth 30-point outing in the last five games. An 11-0 run late in the first half proved to be the catalyst as the Golden Eagles remained a game out of first place.

While Paul Reed was a non-factor for most of the game, Femi Olujobi picked up the slack with 19 points for DePaul in the loss.

St. John’s 77, Butler 73 (OT)

It was the Mustapha Heron show in Queens as he scored a game-high 28 points to push the Red Storm past the Bulldogs in overtime. Heron also delivered from the foul line going 6-of-6 in the extra session.

St. John’s moved into a tie for third place with Seton Hall at 6-6 in the Big East, while Butler dropped to 5-7.

Wednesday, Feb. 13:

No. 13 Villanova 85, Providence 67

The Wildcats keep the engine flowing with ease as they won their 20thgame for the seventh consecutive season behind another dominant showing from the one-two combo of Eric Paschall and Phil Booth with 25 and 22 points, respectively.

Despite Providence being swept in the season series, Nate Watson finished with 18 points and six rebounds.

Seton Hall 85, Georgetown 67

Behind a game-high 30 points from Myles Powell, the Seton Hall Pirates marched past the Hoyas to move into a tie with the Red Storm for third place in the Big East at 6-6.

Jessie Govan highlighted the Hoyas’ offense in defeat with 20 points.

Xavier 64, Creighton 61 (OT)

In a gritty effort in overtime, the Xavier Musketeers snapped a six-game losing streak behind a 23-point, seven-rebound effort from Naji Marshall.

Martin Krampelj put together another solid outing for Creighton in defeat with 18 points and nine rebounds.

On deck:

Saturday, Feb. 16:

Xavier (12-13, 4-8 BE) at Providence (14-11, 4-8 BE), 2 p.m.
DePaul (13-10, 5-7 BE) at Butler (14-11, 5-7 BE), 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 17:

Seton Hall (15-9, 6-6 BE) at Creighton (13-12, 4-8 BE), 3 p.m.

No. 13 Villanova (20-5, 11-1 BE) at St. John’s (18-7, 6-6 BE) (Madison Square Garden), 5 p.m.