ORLANDO – With wins on Sunday, Villanova and Seton Hall gave the BIG EAST its third and fourth tournament titles during Thanksgiving week.
Villanova defeated Florida State 66-60 in the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, Fla. It was the sixth straight in-season tournament crown for the Wildcats. Collin Gillespie led four players in double figures with 17 points and Eric Paschall added 15 points, but it was forward Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree who earned MVP honors. For the three Wildcat victories, he averaged 11.7 points and 11.3 rebounds. The sophomore made 13-of-14 shots from the field.
Seton Hall defeated Miami, Fla., 83-81 to win the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton, Calif. Senior Michael Nzei scored a career-high 21 points and Myles Powell added 17 points. In the first two rounds, it was Powell showing the way, pouring in 40 points in a first-round win over Grand Canyon (82-75) and scoring 19 points in a semifinal victory over Hawaii (64-54). Powell won Most Outstanding Player honors. Nzei made the All-Tournament Team.
BIG EAST action returns on Tuesday with St. John’s, Marquette and Providence playing at home. FS1 has a doubleheader that starts with St. John’s hosting Md.-Eastern Shore at Carnesecca Arena at 6:30 p.m. followed by Fairleigh Dickinson at Providence at 8:30 p.m. Marquette hosts Charleston Southern at 8 p.m.
Villanova bounced back into Monday’s Associated Press poll at No. 23.