There was a massive slate for the BIG EAST last night - and the conference SHOULD have gone undefeated (I'm looking at you Rutgers and South Florida!). Most of the heavyweights coasted to double-digit victories, but as you'll see in a minute, even a new coach can't change the culture of a program immediately.
Oakland Golden Grizzlies vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
The Mountaineers blew out Oakland 95-71 behind a career-best 16 points and 7 blocked shots from John Flowers.
Prairie View A&M Panthers vs. Marquette Golden Eagles
Jimmy Butler finished with a game-high 18 points as the Golden Eagles blew out Prairie View 97-58. Marquette will take on the Bucknell Bison on Sunday.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. South Florida Bulls
The Bulls completely fell apart down the stretch, as Southern Miss ended the game on a 16-1 run, erasing a 52-44 deficit. Despite 10 points and 8 rebounds each from Jarrid Famous and Augustus Gilchrist, South Florida fell 60-53.
Georgia Southern Eagles vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ben Hansbrough finished with a game-high 20 points as the Irish scorched Georgia Southern 98-61.
Seton Hall Pirates vs. Temple Owls
Despite foul-problems for star Lavoy Allen, Temple was able to hang on vs. Seton Hall to win 62-56. Temple's strong defense offset Allen's problems. Jeremy Hazell led The Hall with 17 points.
Georgetown Hoyas vs. Old Dominion Monarchs
Georgetown struggled badly in their season-opener, but a late-rally secured the win for the Hoyas. Chris Wright scored 19, Jason Clark 18, and Austin Freeman chipped in 17 as the big three carried their team to avoid a massive upset.
Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Syracuse Orange
Jim Boeheim moved to 5th on the all-time wins list as Syracuse took down Northern Iowa 68-46 in the curtain-raiser for both teams. Kris Joseph and Rick Jackson both had 14 points for the Orange.
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