By Ethan Swiech
Three days into the Gavitt Tip-Off Games, the challenge between the Big East and Big Ten has turned into a Big East feast. here’s a look:
Gavitt Tip-Off Games
#3 Villanova Wildcats 79 vs. #15 Purdue Boilermakers 76
The Villanova Wildcats avoided a scare at West Lafayette’s Mackey Arena on Monday night. Senior Guard Josh Hart led the way, finishing the game as the Cats leading scorer. Jalen Brunson made a pair from the foul line with 13 seconds left on the clock. Purdue still had a chance to send the game into overtime. However, Caleb Swanigan and Carsen Edwards each missed three-point attempts as time expired. Nova hung on for the narrow three-point win.
NOVA: Josh Hart (24 points, two assists and three rebounds)
NOVA: Darryl Reynolds finished with a team-high eight rebounds.
PUR: Isaac Hass (22 points, three rebounds and one blocked shot) and Caleb Swanigan (20 points, four assists and eight rebounds)
Maryland Terrapins 76 vs. Georgetown Hoyas 75
Georgetown and Maryland duked it out in D.C. This encounter was not decided until the final seconds. With the Terps trailing by one, Junior Guard Melo Trimple was fowled by Hoyas’ Sophomore Guard L.J. Peak. Trimble calmly made both free throws. Georgetown drove down court for the winning shot, but Jagan Mosely’s layup attempt was denied by Kevin Huerter. Shortly after, a sea of red shirts stormed the court in elation as MD improved to 2-0.
MD: Melo Trimble (22 points, two assists, one rebound and one steal) and Justin Jackson (17 points, seven rebounds and one steal)
GTOWN: L.J. Peak (21 points, one assist, two rebounds and one blocked shot) and Rodney Pryor (14 points, six rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot)
GTOWN: Issac Copeland finished with 13 points, two assists and three steals. Copeland also posted a game-high 13 rebounds.
#22 Creighton Blue Jays 79 vs. #9 Wisconsin Badgers 67
Creighton pulled off a stunning upset by utilizing their offense and defense. The Blue Jays outscored the Wisconsin, 35-19, during the final 11-minutes of the game. Khyri Thomas, Marcus Foster and Maurice Watson provided scoring balance. When Watson wasn’t scoring, he distributed the ball, found the open man and kept Wisconsin’s defense off balance. On defense, the Jays forced 16 turnovers, making it difficult for the Badgers to get into a rhythm.
CREI: Khyri Thomas (18 points, two assists, four rebounds and two steals) and Marcus Foster (15 points and two assists)
CREI: Maurice Watson, Jr. (17 points, three rebounds and four steals). Watson also finished with a game-high 10 assists.
WISC: Bronson Koening (21 points, one assist and two rebounds) and Nigel Hayes (16 points, five assists and four rebounds)
WISC: Ethan Happ finished with a game-high 10 rebounds.
Butler Bulldogs 70 vs. Northwestern Wildcats 68
So far, the Big East has a 3-1 record against the Big Ten in this series of games. Another classic took place on Wednesday night. Butler and Northwestern were neck and neck all the way down to the final buzzer. With the score tied at 68, Bulldogs Freshman Guard Kamar Baldwin made the game-winning jumper with 0.4 seconds remaining. The Wildcats could not answer and the 46,000-plus at Hinkle Fieldhouse went into an uproar.
BUT: Kelan Martin (22 points, four rebounds and one blocked shot) and Andrew Chrabascz (13 points, one assist, seven rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot)
NW: Vic Law (17 points, six rebounds and one steal) and Bryant McIntosh (12 points, five assists and one steal)
NW: Sanjay Lumpkin and Scottie Lindsey (10 points each)