NEW YORK – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – On a three-game Tuesday, Creighton moved into first place in the BIG EAST standings, Marquette topped No. 13 Seton Hall and Georgetown won a game on a nostalgic night at Madison Square Garden.
The game between Georgetown and St. John’s evoked plenty of memories as Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin competed for the first time as coaches. Georgetown’s Jessie Govan broke a 64-64 deadlock with a top-of-the-key 3-pointer with 25 seconds left to help lift the Hoyas to a 69-66 victory. Marcus Derrickson added 17 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Jagan Mosely added 13 points and five assists for the Hoyas (12-4, 2-3). Shamorie Ponds led St. John’s (10-7, 0-5).
Creighton built a 49-32 halftime lead against Butler, then held off a Bulldog rally in the second half to win 85-74. Marcus Foster scored 21 of his game-high 23 points in the first 20 minutes. Martin Krampelj posted his third straight double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Bluejays (14-3, 4-1), who are 11-0 at CenturyLink Center this season. Paul Jorgensen led Butler (12-6, 2-3) with 18 points and Kamar Baldwin added 15 points and eight rebounds. Kelan Martin had 10 points and 11 boards.
Marquette, leading 42-41 in the second half, used a 16-0 spurt to pull away from Seton Hall (14-3, 3-1). Andrew Rowsey, after being held to six points Saturday at Villanova, bounced back with 31 points, his fourth 30-point game of the season. Sam Hauser had 14 points and eight rebounds while Markus Howard finished with 12 points. Seton Hall’s Ismael Sanogo registered a team-high 14 points. Angel Delgado recorded his 63rd career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The lone game on Wednesday’s schedule will be the fifth matchup of top 10 teams in the five seasons of the new 10-team conference alignment when No. 1 Villanova (14-1, 2-1) hosts No. 10 Xavier (15-2, 3-1) at Wells Fargo Center. FS1 and Westwood One radio will have the game at 8 p.m. ET. Xavier has won four of its last six games against a No. 1 ranked team, including their last challenge which was a 90-83 win over top-ranked Villanova on Feb. 24, 2016 at Cintas Center.
Villanova has spent 14 weeks in the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press poll in the last three seasons.