|Syracuse G Michael Carter-Williams had a career-high 13 assists in an 87-51 win over Colgate. (US Presswire)|
Big East scoreboard for Nov. 25
No. 6 Syracuse 87, Colgate 51: The Orange (4-0) continued their dominance over Colgate by notching their 46th consecutive victory over the Red Raiders. Already leading 40-24 early in the second half, Syracuse put the game away with an 18-9 run over the next 6:34. F James Southerland scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the first half. Syracuse has four days off before a key matchup at Arkansas on Friday night in the Big East/SEC Challenge.
LaSalle 77, Villanova 74 (OT): Explorers G Tyreek Duren hit a game-tying 3-pointer with six seconds left, then scored a go-ahead layup in overtime. The Wildcats went ahead 74-70 on a Mouphtaou Yarou layup with 2:23 left in overtime, but committed turnovers on consecutive possessions to squander the lead. Duren scored seven of his 23 points in the extra session. Villanova F JayVaughn Pinkston finished with 19, but inexplicably attempted a layup on the Wildcats' final possession when his team needed a 3-pointer to tie the game. Villanova (3-3) has lost three straight after a 3-0 start. Two of the losses have come to mid-majors.
Seton Hall 76, St. Peter's 61: The Peacocks were determined to knock off a Big East team from the Garden State for the second time this season, but the Pirates rallied from a one-point halftime deficit with 47 points in the second half. Guards Fuquan Edwin and Gene Teague were scorching hot, finishing a combined 17 of 24 from the field and 9 of 9 from the line. Edwin led the Pirates with 25, while Teague added 20. Seton Hall (5-1) has won three straight since an overtime defeat to Washington on Nov. 17. The Pirates face LSU on Thursday.
Rutgers 87, UNC Greensboro 80: G Myles Mack drained a critical 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining to give the Scarlet Knights an 80-73 lead, then followed it with a steal and a layup to clinch the road victory. Sophomore guard Eli Carter finished with a season-high 25 points, while Mack added 24. Rutgers (4-1) shot 57.4 percent in the victory. The Scarlet Knights have won four straight since a season-opening loss to St. Peter's.
No. 21 Connecticut 73, Stony Brook 62: The Huskies erased a five-point halftime deficit with a 22-8 run to open the second half in a closer than expected victory over pesky Stony Brook. G Shabazz Napier finished with a game-high 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. The Huskies went 10 of 22 from beyond the arc, while holding Stony Brook to 27.8 percent from 3-point range.
Star of the night: Syracuse G Michael Carter-Williams. The sophomore finished with a career-high 13 assists, including nine on Syracuse's first 10 baskets. Carter-Williams fed Southerland twice for alley-oops and opened the second half with a steal and dunk in transition. At one point in the first half, Carter-Williams was on pace to break Sherman Douglas' school record for assists in a game with 22. Douglas' record has stood for more than 22 seasons. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said afterward that Carter-Williams is playing “as well as any point guard we've had in a long time.”
Inside the box score -- 4 numbers worth a second look
6 of 25 -- Despite the victory, the Orange shot just 6 of 25 (24 percent) from 3-point range against the Red Raiders. Syracuse can get away with it vs. Colgate but can't afford to have off shooting nights against some of the elite teams in the Big East. Freshman G Trevor Cooney went 0 for 7 from beyond the arc.
17 -- Villanova committed 17 turnovers in the frustrating defeat to its Big 5 rivals, including several costly miscues in the extra session. Point guard Ryan Arcidiacono needs to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. After committing six turnovers on Sunday, the freshman has 16 in his last four games.
9 of 11 -- Mack continued his hot shooting by going 9 of 11 from the field in the win over the Spartans. In Rutgers' last four games, the sophomore guard is shooting 64.1 percent,
34 -- The Pirates outscored the Peacocks 34-14 on points in the paint. It's an impressive stat for a team that primarily employs a four-guard lineup. Seton Hall also finished with a 33-21 advantage on the boards.
Nov. 26 Games
Stetson at South Florida, 7 p.m. ET
Chicago State at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. ET, (ESPNU)
Maryland-Baltimore County at Marquette, 8 p.m. ET
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