Big East men's basketball roundup

Providence College freshman Kris Dunn, the ex-New London All-American, huddles with teammates Kadeem Batts and Bryce Cotton during the second half of Saturday's Big East Conference game against Notre Dame. The Friars upset the No. 21 Irish 71-54 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Providence College freshman Kris Dunn, the ex-New London All-American, huddles with teammates Kadeem Batts and Bryce Cotton during the second half of Saturday's Big East Conference game against Notre Dame. The Friars upset the No. 21 Irish 71-54 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Michael Dwyer/AP Photo

PC 71, No. 21 Notre Dame 54

Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Vincent Council had 11 assists to become Providence's career leader, carrying resurgent Friars over Notre Dame Saturday.

Bryce Cotton, the Big East scoring leader, had 19 points and LaDontae Henton 13 for the Friars (14-11, 6-7). Providence has won four straight, including a victory over then-No. 17 Cincinnati on Feb. 6.

Council also had 11 rebounds and seven points. His 671 assists surpassed the 662 of Ernie DiGregorio from 1970-73. Council needs two assists to match the Big East record of 426 set by Syracuse's Sherman Douglas from 1985-89.

Former New London High School standout Kris Dunn scored three points, had five assists and four rebounds for Providence. Dunn also had only one turnover in 31 minutes.

Jack Cooley led Notre Dame with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Tom Knight and Garrick Sherman each scored 11. It was just the second loss in seven games for the Fighting Irish (20-6, 8-5).

The Friars led by eight points at halftime and increased their lead to 36-26 on the first possession of the second half when Batts made a one-handed baseline flip. They improved to 44-31 on Cotton's 3-pointer from the left corner with 17:21 to play.

No. 18 Marquette 79, No. 16 Pittsburgh 69

Vander Blue scored 19 points to lead Marquette to a victory over Pittsburgh.

Blue was 7 of 8 from the field and 3 for 4 on free throws to go with six rebounds for the Golden Eagles (18-6, 9-3), who moved into a first-place tie with Georgetown in the Big East.

The Golden Eagles, who lost to the Hoyas, 63-55 on Monday, shot 57 percent (26 for 46) to win their 23rd straight home game - the fourth-longest active streak in the country.

Lamar Patterson scored 19 points to lead Pittsburgh (20-6, 8-5), which entered the game fifth in the nation in scoring defense (54.4 ppg). Tray Woodall added 10 points and eight assists for the Panthers, who lost for just the second time in their last nine games.

DePaul 75, Rutgers 69

Worrel Clahar scored 19 points to lead DePaul to a victory over Rutgers, snapping the Blue Demons' nine-game losing streak.

Brandon Young added 16 points and Cleveland Melvin had 15 for the Blue Demons (11-14, 2-10 Big East).

The Blue Demons' last win was at Providence on Jan. 5. They're 1-5 at home in the Big East.

Myles Mack led the Scarlet Knights (13-11, 4-9) with 28 points.

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