WASH DC – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – Marquette’s Markus Howard played only three scoreless minutes because of back tightness, but Sam Hauser picked up the scoring slack and helped propel the Golden Eagles to a 74-71 road win over Georgetown Tuesday night. Hauser notched a career-high 31 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Theo John added 14 points, six boards and blocked a shot with four seconds left to help preserve the win. Mac McClung led the Hoyas (12-6, 2-3) with 24 points. Marquette (15-3, 4-1) has won four straight BIG EAST games for the first time since 2012-13.
Providence played a strong second half and defeated visiting Seton Hall 72-63 for its first BIG EAST win. The Friars (11-6, 1-3) were led by freshman guard David Duke who finished with a game-high 18 points. Alpha Diallo posted another strong all-around performance with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Quincy McKnight led the Pirates (12-6, 3-3) with 16 points. Myles Powell was limited to 12 points.
On Wednesday, Creighton meets St. John’s at Carnesecca Arena at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Bluejays (10-7, 1-3) are led by Ty-Shon Alexander who is averaging 17.4 points per game. They have won the last six meetings in the series, including a 68-63 decision at Carnesecca last season. St. John’s (14-3, 2-3) is coming off a 79-71 loss at home to DePaul which it played without Shamorie Ponds who was out with a back strain.
At 8:30 p.m., DePaul hosts Butler. The Blue Demons are 2-2 in BIG EAST play and 10-5 overall after Saturday’s win at St. John’s. A win would give DePaul a 10-2 record at home. The last time the Blue Demons won 10 games at a home in a season was 2006-07 when they were 14-2. Butler is coming off back-to-back one-point losses on the road, including Sunday’s 70-69 defeat at Xavier. The Bulldogs (10-7, 1-3) have won the last nine meetings against the Blue Demons.
After 23 of 90 BIG EAST contests for the season, 13 have been decided by six points or fewer.