VILLANOVA, Penn – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – It was a wild Wednesday in the BIG EAST.
Butler went to The Pavilion and ended Villanova’s 48-game winning streak on campus by snatching a 74-66 victory. The No. 22/22 Bulldogs (22-6, 11-5) were led by Kelan Martin, who posted 22 points and eight rebounds. Kamar Baldwin added 15 points. Jalen Brunson scored 24 points and Josh Hart had 18 for the No. 2/2 Wildcats (26-3, 13-3). Butler also beat Villanova 66-58 on Jan. 4.
Providence and DePaul picked up road wins by overcoming double-figure deficits. The Friars (17-11, 7-8) trailed 39-26 at Creighton before rallying to grab a 68-66 victory when Kyron Cartwright nailed a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left. Cartwright finished with 13 points, 10 assists and only one turnover. Rodney Bullock had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Marcus Foster led the Bluejays (22-6, 9-6) with 18 points.
DePaul was down 27-13 at Georgetown before putting together a 30-9 run that put the Blue Demons in position for a win. Billy Garrett Jr.’s two free throws with 0.2 seconds left gave DePaul (9-19, 2-13) a 67-65 victory. Garrett Jr. finished with 15 points and reserve R.J. Curington added a season-high 14 points. Jessie Govan led the Hoyas (14-14, 5-10) with 18 points.
Xavier got Trevon Bluiett back in the lineup after a two-game absence, but could not get a win at Seton Hall. Bluiett finished with 14 points in 38 minutes. The Pirates’ Angel Delgado led all players with 25 points and 13 rebounds for his 22nd double-double of the year in a 71-64 win against the Musketeers (18-10, 8-7). Desi Rodriguez helped Seton Hall (17-10, 7-8) with 22 points. J.P. Macura led Xavier with 22 points.
BIG EAST play continues on Saturday with a four-game slate: Creighton at Villanova, Georgetown at St. John’s, Seton Hall at DePaul and Marquette at Providence.