Thursday, January 3, 2019

Big East mid-week recap for Jan. 3

By: Geno Green
Twitter: @TheGenoGreen

Big East play has kicked off and there have been some surprising results thus far as I deliver the mid-week recap.

Monday, Dec. 31:

Creighton 79, Providence 68

The Bluejays relied heavily on the three-point game behind nine second-half makes to squash the Friars in the league opener for both teams at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

Mitch Ballock drained five long-range makes on the way to 17 points, while Ty-Shon Alexander led Creighton with 18 points.

Martin Krampelj fell a rebound a short of recording his second double-double of the season with 16 points and nine rebounds.

In defeat, Providence’s Alpha Diallo recorded his conference-high fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Tuesday, Jan. 1:

St. John’s 89, No. 16 Marquette 69

In a highly anticipated showdown in Queens, the St. John’s Red Storm coasted with ease to their biggest victory of the season from a rankings standpoint behind a game-high 26 points from Shamorie Ponds.

Each of the five Red Storm starters finished in double figures, which would also be highlighted by Marvin Clark’s 22 points.

The Golden Eagles delivered arguably its worst showing of the season as the Big East’s top scorer Markus Howard would be held to a season-low eight points.

Wednesday, Jan. 2:

Seton Hall 80, Xavier 70

Fresh off a buzzer-beater win over St. John’s on Dec. 29, Seton Hall carried the momentum into the Cintas Center and came from 10 points down in the second half behind a 25-point, eight-assist effort from Myles Powell.

Paul Scruggs led the way for Xavier with 22 points in the loss, while Zach Hankins stepped up with 20 points and six rebounds.

Georgetown 84, Butler 76

For the second straight season, Georgetown went into league play with a solid non-conference record, but lacking any legitimate wins. Behind a 26-point effort from Greg Malinowski, the Hoyas picked up their biggest win of the season over the Butler Bulldogs.

In a strange twist, the road team has won the last five games in the series. Kamar Baldwin came close to a double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds.

Villanova 73, DePaul 68

Another big lead equaled yet another loss for DePaul, which led by as many as 14 points in the first half. Villanova came alive in the second half behind Eric Paschall’s timely shooting with a game-high 24 points, to go along with six rebounds.

Down 71-68 in the final seconds, Max Strus’ three-point attempt from the wing off a screen came up short as Villanova’s win streak in the series is now at 17 games.

On deck- Saturday, Jan. 5:

Creighton (10-4, 1-0 BE) at Butler (9-5, 0-1 BE), Noon
St. John’s (13-1, 1-1 BE) at Georgetown (11-3, 1-0 BE), 1 p.m.
Villanova (10-4, 1-0 BE) at Providence (10-4, 0-1 BE), 2 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 6:

Xavier (9-6, 1-1 BE) at No. 16 Marquette (11-3, 0-1 BE), Noon
Seton Hall (11-3, 2-0 BE) at DePaul (8-5, 0-2 BE), 1 p.m.