NEW YORK – In Monday’s polls, Marquette is ranked No. 9 in USA Today and No. 10 in Associated Press, moving up two positions in both polls. Villanova is 14th in both polls after being slotted 18th in both polls last week.
In Sunday’s action, Georgetown led most of the way in its game against St. John’s at Madison Square Garden, then held off a late rally to grab an 89-78 victory. Freshman Mac McClung scored a game-high 25 points and Jessie Govan added 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Shamorie Ponds led four Red Storm players in double figures with 21 points. Georgetown is 13-7 overall and 3-7 in the BIG EAST. St. John’s is 15-5 and 3-5.
Providence’s Alpha Diallo was 14-of-14 from the foul line, including four free throws in the final 10 seconds to lift the Friars to a 70-67 win over visiting DePaul. Diallo finished with 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds. DePaul’s Paul Reed, who has been a prime contributor of late, posted 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Providence improved to 13-7 overall and 3-4 in league play.
No. 18 Villanova used an 18-5 run in the first half to build a lead against Seton Hall, then pulled away in the second half in an 80-52 win, the largest margin of victory in a league game this season. Phil Booth continued his strong play with 25 points and 7-of-13 shooting from 3-point range. Eric Paschall contributed 17 points and eight rebounds. The Wildcats, who are 16-4 overall and 7-0 in the BIG EAST, connected on a season-high 17 3-pointers. Myles Cale led the Pirates (12-8, 3-5) with 14 points and six rebounds.
With Sunday’s results, home teams hold only a 21-17 edge in conference play with 18 of the 38 conference games decided by six points or less.
BIG EAST games return on Wednesday with four contests.