Big East Wins 2011 Big East/SEC Challenge 8-4

The Big East took this year's edition of the Big East/SEC Challenge 8-4. After the first day of the Challenge on Dec. 1, the score stood 2-2. No. 1 Kentucky smashed St. John's at Rupp Arena 81-59. Ole Miss held off a comeback attempt by DePaul to win 70-68. Georgetown took out No. 12 Alabama 57-55 on a late three-pointer from Hollis Thompson. Providence had a fairly easy win in South Carolina's building.

Then on Dec. 2, the Big East dominated the Challenge by winning all four games. Syracuse's win over Florida and Louisville's overtime win against Vanderbilt were the highlights of the night. The conferences split the Saturday games when all the ranked teams beat the unranked teams. There were plenty of great individual performances to choose from, but we only selected three players to highlight from each conference.

Here's the complete results of the 2011 Big East/SEC Challenge:

Dec. 1
Providence 76, South Carolina 67
Ole Miss 70, DePaul 68
No. 1 Kentucky 81, St. John's 59
Georgetown 57, No. 12 Alabama 55

Dec. 2
Seton Hall 81, Auburn 59
Cincinnati 57, Georgia 51
No. 3 Syracuse 72, No. 9 Florida 68
No. 6 Louisville 62, No. 19 Vanderbilt 60, ot

Dec. 3
No. 10 Connecticut 75, Arkansas 62
No. 17 Pittsburgh 61, Tennessee 56
No. 24 Mississippi State 75, West Virginia 62
LSU 55, Rutgers 50

Top Performers:

Overall, Big East:

God`sgift Achiuwa, St. John's: 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist

Bilal Dixon, Providence: 10 points, 7 rebounds, 7 blocks

Herb Pope, Seton Hall: 23 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks

Overall, SEC:

Anthony Davis, Kentucky: 15 points, 15 rebounds, 8 blocks, 2 steals

Malik Cooke, South Carolina: 21 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks

Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss: 16 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals

Leading Scorer: B.J. Young, Arkansas: 28, 5-6 three-pointers

Top Rebounder: Devonta Abron, Arkansas: 16, 12 offensive

Most Assists: Jordan Theodore, Seton Hall: 10

Most Steals: Dee Bost, Mississippi State; Mike Pool, Rutgers: 5

Most Blocks: Anthony Davis, Kentucky: 8

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