There were three Big East basketball games on Wednesday. The No. 14 Georgetown Hoyas defeated the Connecticut Huskies, the Providence Friars held off the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the St. John's Red Storm defeated the DePaul Blue Demons.
Providence 78, Rutgers 67: The Friars finally got that elusive second Big East win. Providence jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the game but found themselves trailing by four points four minutes later. It was indicative of the fight Rutgers would put up for most of the game. Even after the Friars went on a 19-5 run over the last 8 minutes of the first half to take a 40-26 lead into the break, the game was not out of reach. The Scarlet Knights came out of halftime on a 26-14 run. The Providence lead was just four with 2:40 on the clock before Bryce Cotton nailed back-to-back three-pointers to ice the win for the Friars. Providence won the points off turnover battle 18-7. Three of those points for the Friars came on Cotton's second three-pointer with 1:54 to play. Providence saw five players score in double figures. Bilal Dixon and Vincent Council had double-doubles for the Friars. Dixon had 18 points and 10 rebounds while Council scored 11 points and had 14 assists. Rutgers had a double-double from Gilvydas Biruta (13 points, 11 boards) and got 13 points from Mike Poole and 16 points from Myles Mack.
St. John's 87, DePaul 81: D`Angelo Harrison was one three-pointer off of tying the St. John's record when he lit up DePaul with 7 three-pointers on Wednesday. Harrison finished with a career-high 29 points. Road wins are at a premium in the Big East and the Red Storm needed to have a good second half to pull away from the Blue Demons. DePaul led 31-30 at half but couldn't keep up with a St. John's team scorching the nets at a 73.3% clip in the second half. St. John's scored 57 second-half points. They've scored 57 or fewer total points in five games this season. Harrison led all scorers but St. John's also got double figures in points from Amir Garrett, Phil Greene and Gods`gift Achiuwa. Cleveland Melvin had 22 points and 11 rebounds for DePaul while Brandon Young had 13 points and 11 assists. Moses Morgan chipped in 19 points for DePaul.
There are no Big East basketball games tonight. League play will resume on Saturday with a six-pack of games.