St. John’s, Seton Hall, DePaul Post Double-Digit Wins
JAMAICA ESTATES – St. John’s, Seton Hall and DePaul recorded Wednesday victories at home all by at least 10 points.
St. John’s pushed its record to 11-0 with an 86-52 victory over St. Francis, N.Y. It was the largest margin of victory for the Johnnies this season. L.J. Figueroa and reserve Greg Williams Jr. led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points each. Figueroa pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. St. John’s held the Terriers to 27.7 percent shooting from the floor.
Seton Hall took a 90-76 decision from Sacred Heart. Sophomore Sandro Mamukelashvili had a career-high 23 points and a team-high eight rebounds. He shot 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Myles Powell added 15 points. The Pirates (7-3) will take a four-game winning streak into Saturday’s game at Maryland.
DePaul led by as many as 16 points in the second half of its 81-71 win against Incarnate Word. Eli Cain’s 20 points led five Blue Demons (8-2) in double figures. Max Strus added 18 points. All eight of DePaul’s wins have come at Wintrust Arena. On Saturday, the Blue Demons host Boston College.
The only game on Thursday’s schedule is Creighton hosting Coe College, a Division III school, at 8 p.m. ET on FS1. The Bluejays want to get their shooting touch back after Tuesday’s 83-70 loss at Oklahoma when they connected on only 7-of-30 from 3-point range.
Friday’s four-game schedule includes No. 20 Marquette hosting No. 14 Buffalo on FS1 at 8:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles (9-2) are riding a six-game winning streak. Providence travels to Texas for an ESPN2 telecast at 9 p.m. Guard Maliek White has averaged 17.0 in the last two games for the Friars (9-2) filling in for injured A.J. Reeves.
Butler will try to win its 50th straight home game against non-league competition when it hosts UC-Irvine on FS1 at 6:30 p.m. The visiting Anteaters have already won games at Texas A&M and St. Mary’s. Xavier completes its non-conference schedule when it hosts Detroit on FS2 at 7 p.m. The Musketeers (7-5) have won their last four at Cintas Center. Point guard Quentin Goodin leads the team in scoring 13.5) and is second in the BIG EAST in assists (5.1).