Big East basketball roundup
Pittsburgh 65, No. 6 Syracuse 55
Tray Woodall had 13 points, four assists and three steals as Pittsburgh continued its mastery of Top 10 teams at home, pulling away from Syracuse in a win Saturday.
Trey Zeigler added six points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench for the Panthers (18-5, 6-4 Big East), who improved to 13-1 against teams ranked in the Top 10 since the Petersen Events Center opened a decade ago.
C.J. Fair led Syracuse (18-3, 6-2) with 20 points and Brandon Triche scored 14 but the Orange never led in the second half while losing two straight games for the first time in nearly two years. Michael Carter-Williams added 13 points for Syracuse but the nation's leader in assists finished with just two - nearly seven below his average.
The Panthers needed a win over a bold-named opponent to boost their nice - but hardly overwhelming - resume. Pitt came in just 1-3 against ranked teams, the lone win a 25-point romp over Georgetown last month that sent the Hoyas tumbling out of the polls.
The Orange played without center DaJuan Coleman, who underwent left knee surgery on Tuesday that will sideline him for at least four weeks. Coleman's injury significantly shortened Syracuse's bench, though depth was hardly necessary during a methodical, hard fought first half in which neither team could muster any momentum.
No. 24 Cincinnati 65, Seton Hall 59
Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points and Cashmere Wright added 17 as Cincinnati blew almost all of a 20-point lead before holding off Seton Hall, the Bearcats' fifth win in six games.
Cincinnati (18-4, 6-3 Big East) was up 48-28 5 minutes into the second half only to allow the Pirates (13-9, 2-7) to get within four points twice. The Bearcats, who entered the game 14th in the 15-team conference in free throw shooting at 64.9 percent, finished 21 of 27 (77.8 percent) from the line, including making eight of their last nine in the game.
Fuquan Edwin and Brandon Mobley both had 16 points for Seton Hall, which has lost three straight and seven of eight.
Wright made all seven of his free throws and JaQuon Parker was 6 of 8 to lead the Bearcats.The Bearcats scored the first 15 points of the second half - a run that had Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard call two timeouts in the opening 2:30. Kilpatricks's second 3 of the run - after he started 2 for 7 from beyond the arc - made it 48-28 with 15:02 left in the half.
Cincinnati had closed the first half on a 14-5 run and Wright had eight points, a 3-pointer, a traditional three-point play and two free throws.
Notre Dame 79, DePaul 71
Jack Cooley scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Notre Dame beat DePaul in overtime.
The senior posted his 14th double-double of the season and his fifth straight game with 10 or more boards as the Fighting Irish (18-4, 6-4 Big East) won for the fourth time in five games.
All five DePaul starters reached double figures in points, but the Blue Demons suffered their sixth straight loss despite a gritty second-half comeback.
Eric Atkins scored the first five points of the extra period for Notre Dame and finished with 16 points.
Brandon Young led the Blue Demons (10-11, 1-7) with 15 points. Cleveland Melvin added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
DePaul battled back to regain a slim lead midway through the second half as Notre Dame hit a rut on offense.
Notre Dame led by as many as 12 in the opening minutes of the second half after dominating the paint in the first half.
The Blue Demons, who didn't attempt a free throw for the first 25 minutes, got back into the game at the foul line only to suffer their second overtime loss in four days.
Georgetown 68, St. John's 56
Nate Lubick scored a career-high 16 points and Georgetown took advantage of an off-day from the Big East's second-leading scorer in a win over St. John's.
Lubick, who entered the game shooting 70 percent (23 of 33) from the field over the previous five games, hit 8 of 10 shots and added 10 rebounds as the Hoyas (16-4, 6-3 Big East) won their fourth straight and sixth in seven games.
The Red Storm, meanwhile, shot just 32 percent (20 of 63) from the field, and leading scorer D'Angelo Harrison, who entered the game second in the conference averaging 19.7 points, was limited to two points and missed all nine of his field goal attempts.
JaKarr Sampson had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead St. John's (14-8, 6-4), which could draw no closer than seven in the second half and had its five-game winning streak snapped.
No. 2 Notre Dame 64, Cincinnati 42
Kayla McBride scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half as Notre Dame jumped to an early 23-point lead and beat Cincinnati for its 15th straight victory.
The winning streak matches the fourth-longest in school history, also accomplished in 2009-10 and 1990-91. The victory also was the 699th career win in 31 seasons for coach Muffet McGraw, 26 coaching Notre Dame (20-1, 8-0 Big East). Cincinnati (8-13, 0-8) fell to 0-9 all-time against the Irish.
Kayla Cook led the Bearcats with 12 points. Dayeesha Hollins, the Bearcats leading scorer at 15.4 points game, was held to a season-low six points.
Kaila Turner added 11 points for the Irish, who outshot Cincinnati 50 percent to 35 percent and had a 38-24 rebounding advantage.
McBride had been in a shooting slump, making just 4 of 18 shots against Tennessee on Monday and missing all five shots the previous game against Providence, but she got going early against Cincinnati. She made the game's first basket a minute in on a jumper and twice made three straight baskets for the Irish. The first time came as the Bearcats missed their first nine shots, falling behind 10-0 when McBride scored on a rebound and then hit a 17-foot jumper. Lesha Dunn finally ended Cincinnati's scoreless streak with a jumper, but McBride answered quickly with a backdoor layup on a pass from Skylar Diggins.
No. 12 Louisville 74, Georgetown 60
Antonita Slaughter scored 22 points and Louisville held Georgetown's Sugar Rodgers to six in a Big East victory.
Rodgers, the nation's second-leading scorer at 23.7 points per game, made just 2 of 17 shots and missed all seven of her 3-point attempts. It was the senior guard's lowest total, and first game below double figures, since she scored six on Nov. 19, 2011 against Houston.
Slaughter scored 14 first-half points, then began the second with a 3-pointer to give the Cardinals (19-4, 7-2) a 36-29 lead en route to their fifth consecutive win.
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