NEW YORK– Seton Hall and Marquette forged overtime victories over ranked opponents to help BIG EAST teams finish a challenging Saturday by splitting eight games.
The Pirates and No. 9 Kentucky played a thriller at Madison Square Garden. The Hall’s Myles Powell almost won the game in regulation with a double-clutch 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left. But Kentucky hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer that tied the game at 70. The Pirates’ Myles Cale then hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 9.5 seconds left in OT to give Seton Hall an 84-83 victory. Powell scored 25 of his 28 points after halftime.
Marquette prevailed over No. 12 Wisconsin 74-69 in OT before 17,575 at Milwaukee’s new Fiserv Forum. Markus Howard scored 27 points and Sam Hauser helped with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Joey Hauser added 15 points. The Golden Eagles (8-2) have won five in a row.
Villanova pushed its winning streak to six in a row after stopping Saint Joseph’s 70-58 at Finneran Pavilion. Eric Paschall led the way with 14 points and nine rebounds. The No. 21 Wildcats (8-2) posted their record 24th straight Philadelphia Big 5 win.
Butler made a season-high 17 3-pointers in a 95-68 win against Northern Illinois at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs (7-2) were sparked by Sean McDermott’s 23 points. Butler shot 60.7 percent from the field. The Bulldogs have won 48 straight home contests against non-conference competition.
Georgetown built a 35-22 lead by halftime in Syracuse, but could not hold on, losing 72-71 on a basket with three seconds left. Jesse Govan led the Hoyas (7-2) with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Mac McClung added 18 points.
Creighton saw its series seven-game winning streak against No. 24 Nebraska end in a 94-75 defeat. Mitch Ballock led the Bluejays (6-3) with 23 points. He made 7-of-10 from 3-point range.
Xavier lost its annual battle with Cincinnati 62-47. The visiting Musketeers (6-4) got 12 points from Quentin Goodin and 11 from Paul Scruggs. Xavier made only 5-of-25 from beyond the arc.
St. John’s is the only BIG EAST in action on Sunday. The Johnnies meet Princeton at 1 p.m. ET in the annual MSG Holiday Festival. FS1 has the telecast.