Happy Sunday, Big East Coast Bias readers! Before you get started on your trek to what should be yet another exciting day in the National Football League, as well as Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, and coming off of yet another exciting day in the world of college football, we have some reading material to pass onto you related to the Big East Conference.
Now that we've got your attention, here's what we have to offer you. Enjoy!
The Bulldogs ended the weekend on a high note with a 3-0 win over BIG EAST foe Providence (25-20, 25-20, 25-11). The Bulldogs hit .312 as a team to record their 12th win of the season. Belle Obert paced the offense with a team-high 11 kills.
NBA legend Larry Bird recently joined the "Hang Time" road trip show to discuss various pro basketball topics, including former Creighton star Doug McDermott. Bird, an NBA Hall of Famer currently serving as the president of the Indiana Pacers, joined hosts Rick Fox, Sekou Smith and Lang Whitaker on the show. On the topic of the Bulls being a contender (fast-forward to about 2:30), Bird had this to say: "They made major upgrades in getting (Derrick) Rose back, bringing that European (forward Nikola Mirotic) over, McBuckets is there - which I think he's a fantastic basketball player - you get Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol. That's the way you want to do it."
Junior Timo Pitter scored twice for the No. 9 Creighton men's soccer team in a 2-1 win over Butler at Morrison Stadium Saturday night.
DePaul Blue Demons
No doubt the Blue Demons had the odds stacked against them as they took the pitch at Wish Field on Saturday against the No. 5 team in the country. And yet, DePaul gave it quite a battle before falling 2-0 to No. 5/7 Georgetown in a BIG EAST Conference match on Alumni Day. The loss dropped the Blue Demons to 4-6-2 on the season and 1-2-0 in conference while Georgetown improved to 7-1-4, 2-0-1.
Ross Scheuerman rushed for three touchdowns, including the game-winner, to lead Lafayette to a 24-21 win over Georgetown on Saturday.
Marquette Golden Eagles
The start of Steve Wojciechowski's first basketball season as the Marquette men's basketball coach got off to a bit of an alarming start Friday night at Marquette Madness - literally. After his team was brought out and he grabbed the microphone to address the packed crowd at the Al McGuire Center, Wojciechowski found himself contending with the fire alarm, which had been tripped by the fog machines used during player introductions. After initially conceding to the alarm, Wojciechowski later spoke to the fans and echoed the message of appreciation and excitement that he shared during media day Thursday.
As the celebration of 50 years of Marquette University men's soccer continued Saturday night, the No. 8 Golden Eagles (7-2-1, 1-0-1 BIG EAST) defeated St. John's (4-5-3, 1-2-0), 2-0 at Valley Fields. Two second half goals and another strong defense effort by the Golden Eagles propelled them to their eighth-straight shutout in 2014.
Seton Hall Pirates
The Seton Hall volleyball team tallied a season-high 22 team blocks as it rallied to defeat Creighton, 3-2 (25-17, 21-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-9), for its 10th straight victory on Friday. In a battle between the only two remaining unbeaten teams in the BIG EAST, the Pirates had to rally from down two-sets-to-one to improve to 16-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in conference play.
St. John's Red Storm
Joe Panik did not drop out of the sky, but he did come from a place called Hopewell Junction. It is 60 miles north of Manhattan. Its name conjures rock candy and lemonade springs, and all manner of fantastic notions. It does not get more fantastic than this.
An impressive second-round performance by junior Anna Kim and the St. John's women's golf team allowed the Red Storm to advance four spots to finish in fifth place at the Rutgers Women's Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats offense would go on to score 37 points in the first half, while the defense allowed none on the way to a relatively easy 44-21 win for the 'Cats. They moved to 5-0 against FCS opponents, 5-1 overall, and 3-0 in the CAA conference. They have outscored FCS opponents 225-77.
Xavier men's soccer extended its season-long unbeaten streak to six, moving into a tie for first-place in the BIG EAST Conference with a 3-1 win over Seton Hall on Saturday at Owen T. Carroll Field. The Musketeers (8-3-1, 2-0-1 BIG EAST) got scores from Cory Brown (17') and Will Walker (32') before the half and put the match away late when Matt Vasquenza buried his team-leading fourth goal in the 81st minute.
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