Thursday, January 10, 2019

Big East mid-week recap for Jan. 10

By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

What a way to kick off the early portion of the third week in Big East play as Markus Howard’s 53 points highlights the latest mid-week recap.

Tuesday, Jan. 8:

Villanova 76, No. 24 St. John’s 71

In an early season showdown for first place in the league, Villanova seniors Eric Paschall and Phil Booth delivered with 25 and 23 points, respectively. The Wildcats overcame a 13-point first half deficit to remain the only unbeaten team in conference play.

St. John’s guard Shamorie Ponds delivered another outstanding performance in defeat with 23 points, while LJ Figueroa added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Wednesday, Jan. 9:

Xavier 81, Georgetown 75

The Hoyas left off from Saturday’s shootout against the Red Storm as they drained their first six three-point attempts and built a 17-point lead in the first half.

Xavier had other plans as it rallied in the second half behind double-double performances from Zach Hankins and Tyrique Jones (23 points, 10 rebounds and 19 points and 10 rebounds, respectively). Jessie Govan led Georgetown in the loss with 27 points and eight rebounds.

No. 21 Marquette 106, Creighton 104 (OT)

In what could end up the being the Big East game of the season, Marquette powered behind a 53-point effort from Markus Howard to power past Creighton in overtime. The junior became the first Division I player in to score at least 50 points twice in the last 20 seasons.

Howard’s most important play did not come on a field goal make, but an inbound pass with 0.8 left behind the rim as he found Sam Hauser on the wing for the game tying triple as time expired to force an extra session. Overtime saw Howard take over with the first 11 MU points as it hung on for a big win at Creighton.

Creighton shot well in the loss going 50.8 percent from the field as Davion Mintz highlighted the offense with a career-high 21 points.

Seton Hall 76, Butler 75

The Pirates kept the ship rolling as they eked out a one-point win as Myles Powell continued to elevate his game with a game-high 31 points and have won eight of their last nine games with arguably the strongest resume’ of all the Big East schools.

Butler attempted a late rally, but could not finish the deal as Kamar Baldwin led the way with 23 points and Joey Brunk’s breakout double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

On deck:

Saturday, Jan. 12:

Providence (10-5, 0-2 BE) at Georgetown (11-5, 1-2 BE), Noon
Seton Hall (12-4, 3-1 BE) at No. 21 Marquette (13-3, 2-1 BE) 2 p.m.
DePaul (9-5, 1-2 BE) at No. 24 St. John’s (14-2, 2-2 BE), 6 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 13:

Villanova (12-4, 3-0 BE) at Creighton (10-6, 1-2 BE), Noon

Butler (10-6, 1-2 BE) at Xavier (10-7, 2-2 BE), Noon