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Big East Day Two: Afternoon session

(8) Providence 83 (16) DePaul 74:  Coming off their first victory against a Big East team this season, the DePaul Blue Demons once again played well, but in the end the, the team that desperately needed the win to keep their NCAA tournament chances prevailed as Providence beat DePaul 83-74.

After trailing by one at the half, DePaul started strong in the second half of the game and led 61-56 with eight minutes remaining.  That lead was gained almost exclusively by Will Walker and Dar Tucker, who finished with 31 points and 30 points, respectively, while the rest of the team had just 13 points.  However, the Providence offense finally woke up at this part of the game and went on a 15-1 run to take control.  The run was sparked by their full court press and foul trouble by DePaul.

Providence eventually pulled away to get the much needed victory.  The Friars were led by Sharaud Curry, who had 25 points.  The team’s leading scorer, Weyinmi Efejuku, contributed 23 points of his own.

The win means that Providence will now take on Louisville in the Big East quarterfinals.  The two teams met on Feb. 18 when Louisville beat Providence 94-76 at Freedom Hall.  The Friars will most likely need to win the game to have any chance of making the NCAA Tournament.

(5) Marquette 74 (13) St. John’s 45:  It was the least entertaining of all the Big East Tournament games so far, but you won’t hear Marquette complain.  After dropping four straight, Marquette ended their skid and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament with an easy victory.

The game was seemingly over before it started as St. John’s scored only 10 points in the first half.  Even two early fouls by Jerel McNeal could not slow down the Golden Eagles.  One of the reasons they played so well was that they out rebounded the Red Storm 35-19.  Perhaps even more telling was Marquette’s 13-3 advantage in assists.

Wesley Matthews led the Golden Eagles with 20 points while Paris Horne paced the Red Storm with 15 points.

The win sets up a third meeting between Villanova and Marquette.  The Golden Eagles won the first game 79-72 on Jan. 1, at the Bradley Center.  Villanova took the second meeting 102-84 on Feb. 10, at the Pavilion.

-David Cassilo

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