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22 November 2006

Marquette topples Duke; BE roundup

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
11/22/2006 02:56:00 AM
Also: Cincy, Rutgers lose at home

Marquette 73
Duke 62

The Marquette Golden Eagles (13 AP/17 ESPN) took home the CBE Classic championship for the Big East tonight in Kansas City, defeating the favored Duke Blue Devils (9 AP/8 ESPN) by a score of 73-62. After beating Bobby Knight and his Red Raiders last night, Marquette toppled another coaching legend tonight in Duke's Coach K.

Sophomore Dominic James, probably the best guard in the Big East, exploded for 25 points and 7 assists for Marquette. James also took home the tournament's MVP award.

Perhaps equally impressive, however, was the performance of Marquette's other guard, sophomore Jerel McNeal. McNeal had a terrifying 6 steals on the night, giving him 24 steals already this season. In fact, McNeal and James are 1-2 in the Big East in steals, with 24 and 16. McNeal also scored 17 points while leading the Eagles in minutes, with 37.

Wofford 91
Cincinnati 90

The Wofford Terriers shocked the Bearcats tonight in Fifth Third Arena, scoring 53 in the second half to win 91-90. Wofford, of the Southern Conference, holds the honor of being the first team I have written about for Let'sGoNova whose nickname I had to look up.

Wofford senior Eric Marshall had 27 points for the Terriers. Cincinatti had four starters in double figures, including freshman guard Deonta Vaughn, who scored 33.

Jackson St. 71
Rutgers 70

The bad week for Rutgers University continues. After seeing its national championship hopes dashed in football, Scarlet Knight fans suffered the indignity of losing to little-known Jackson State of the Southwestern Atlantic Conference.

To make matters worse, Jackson St. was 0-4 before heading into Piscataway's RAC, though all four losses were on the road to four good teams with a combined record of 14-0. Still, the Jackson St. Tigers (of Mississippi) finished 247th in the RPI last year, a fact which Rutgers fans may have trouble swallowing.

In other Big East action, DePaul easily handled Chaminade, 93-74, and South Florida dispatched intra-state rival Florida International, 79-50. The Bulls are now 3-0.

Though it wasn't a Big East game, we have to mention Florida's (1 AP/1 ESPN) absolute annihilation of Prairie View A&M, 94-33. Florida coach Billy Donovan only played his starters for 20 minutes tonight, but that still didn't stop his Gators from blasting Prairie View by 61, almost tripling the Panthers' score.

Florida looks dominant this year. Though the competition in its first five games hasn't been overwhelming, the fact that the closest of those games was a 25-pt Florida win is impressive. The Gators' first real test will be on Saturday when it takes on Kansas (10 AP/13 ESPN) in Las Vegas.



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