College Sports

Pitt knocks Syracuse from unbeaten ranks

Cross No. 5 Syracuse off the list of unbeatens.

Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points and Jermaine Dixon added 21 to lead Pittsburgh to an 82-72 victory Saturday over the Orange. The loss was Syracuse's fourth straight at home to the Panthers (12-2, 2-0 Big East) and dropped the number of major unbeaten teams to four.

Syracuse (13-1, 1-1) sailed through the nonconference portion of its schedule, easily, beating North Carolina and California at Madison Square Garden and Florida in Tampa.

The Orange survived their Big East opener at Seton Hall on Tuesday, but that seven-point win was the closest of the season for a team that had become accustomed to winning games by more than 24 points.

It signaled the start of the bruising part of the schedule, and the Panthers thrive in that atmosphere.

"We're a team that's gotten much better defensively. That's our calling card," said Pitt coach Jamie Dixon, who moved past Bob Timmons into second place in career wins at Pitt with 175. "They're as good as anybody in the country. Maybe we just caught them on the right day."

The Panthers are the Big East's top defensive team at 55.9 points per game despite a revamped roster with only one returning starter. They held the league's top-scoring team 15 points below its average. Meanwhile, Pitt's highest point total was 74 coming into the game.

"I think the game was decided with just the physical play," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "We didn't get to loose balls. Pittsburgh is just a tremendous defensive team, and we weren't physical when we needed to be."

PITTSBURGH (12-2): Wanamaker 1-7 10-14 12, Robinson 1-3 0-2 2, McGhee 0-1 2-2 2, Gibbs 7-11 4-4 24, Dixon 7-16 4-6 21, Woodall 2-5 0-0 5, Adams 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 2-4 2-2 6, Taylor 3-4 4-6 10. Totals 23-52 26-36 82.

SYRACUSE (13-1): Jackson 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 7-14 5-7 19, Onuaku 4-7 1-3 9, Rautins 3-9 2-2 9, Triche 2-9 2-4 6, Jones 0-0 0-2 0, Jardine 6-13 3-3 15, Joseph 4-9 2-2 10. Totals 28-66 15-23 72.

Halftime—Syracuse 30-27. 3-Point Goals—Pittsburgh 10-24 (Gibbs 6-9, Dixon 3-8, Woodall 1-4, Adams 0-1, Wanamaker 0-2), Syracuse 1-13 (Rautins 1-6, Johnson 0-1, Jardine 0-1, Triche 0-5). Foule d Out—Jackson, Onuaku. Rebounds—Pittsburgh 38 (Gibbs, Taylor 8), Syracuse 36 (Joseph 9). Assists—Pittsburgh 19 (Wanamaker 6), Syracuse 12 (Rautins 4). Total Fouls—Pittsburgh 20, Syracuse 25. A—24,969.

No. 3 Kentucky 71, Louisville 62 — DeMarcus Cousins scored 18 points and matched a season high with 18 rebounds to lead Kentucky past rival Louisville.

Patrick Patterson and John Wall added 17 points each for the Wildcats (15-0), who matched their best start in 40 years by breaking a two-game losing streak to the Cardinals.

Edgar Sosa and Jerry Smith led Louisville (10-4) with 11 points apiece but the Cardinals shot just 32 percent and couldn't contain Wall when it mattered.

The freshman star shook off a slow start by scoring six straight points during a decisive 14-3 run late in the second half after the Cardinals had surged to the lead.

LOUISVILLE (10-4): Samuels 3-9 3-5 9, Swopshire 4-13 0-2 10, Smith 4-7 1-2 11, Sosa 3-11 5-6 11, Delk 2-3 4-4 9, Knowles 1-8 5-5 7, Siva 0-1 0-0 0, Buckles 0-2 0-0 0, Kuric 0-2 0-0 0, Jennings 2-3 1-2 5, Van T reese 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-59 19-26 62.

KENTUCKY (15-0): Cousins 7-14 4-8 18, Patterson 7-10 2-5 17, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Wall 5-10 7-12 17, Bledsoe 3-8 6-6 12, Dodson 0-5 2-2 2, Harris 1-3 0-0 3, Stevenson 1-1 0-0 2, Orton 0-0 0-1 0, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-52 21-34 71.

Halftime—Kentucky 27-19. 3-Point Goals—Louisville 5-17 (Smith 2-4, Swopshire 2-4, Delk 1-2, Siva 0-1, Knowles 0-2, Sosa 0-4), Kentucky 2-14 (Patterson 1-1, Harris 1-3, Wall 0-3, Bledsoe 0-3, Dodson 0-4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Louisville 39 (Samuels 9), Kentucky 38 (Cousins 18). Assists—Louisville 5 (Samuels, Sosa 2), Kentucky 15 (Bledsoe, Wall 4). Total Fouls—Louisville 30, Kent ucky 21. Technicals—Delk, Smith, Swopshire, Cousins, Wall. A—24,479.

No. 8 Villanova 74, Marquette 72 — Scottie Reynolds hit a jumper in the lane with 18.1 seconds left to help Villanova win its Big East opener Saturday.

Reynolds scored 23 points, including 16 in the second half, and reserve Maalik Wayns added 16 points for the Wildcats (12-1, 1-0).

Jimmy Butler had 19 points and Lazar Hayward added 17 for the Golden Eagles (9-5, 0-2), who blew their second chance to knock off a ranked conference rival this week. Marquette also frittered away a late lead at West Virginia on Tuesday night.

Reynolds' shot gave the Wildcats a 73-72 lead, and Reggie Redding made one of two from the line with 2.6 seconds left. Dwight Buycks couldn't get a shot off on Marquette's final play.

VILLANOVA (12-1): Pena 2-6 0-1 4, Reynolds 8-12 4-6 23, Fisher 3-7 0-0 6, Redding 3-11 5-8 11, Stokes 1-5 0-0 2, Wayns 5-8 6-7 16, Cheek 1-2 0-0 2, Sutton 0-0 0-0 0, King 3-5 0-0 6, Armwood 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 2 8-59 15-22 74.

MARQUETTE (9-5): Fulce 1-1 0-0 2, Hayward 5-10 5-6 17, Butler 5-12 8-9 19, Cubillan 4-7 0-0 10, Buycks 5-14 4-4 15, Johnson-Odom 1-6 2-4 4, Acker 1-4 2-3 5. Totals 22-54 21-26 72.

Halftime—Villanova 35-34. 3-Point Goals—Villanova 3-10 (Reynolds 3-5, Fisher 0-1, King 0-1, Stokes 0-1, Redding 0-2), Marquette 7-24 (Cubillan 2-5, Hayward 2-7, Butler 1-3, Acker 1-3, Buycks 1-4, Johnson-Odom 0-2). Fouled Out—Johnson-Odom. Rebounds—Villanova 33 (Redding 8), Marquette 36 (Hayward 14). Assists—Villanova 13 (Fisher 4), Marquette 16 (Acker 5). Total Fouls—Villanova 17, Marquette 22. A—18,093.

No. 10 Connecticut 82, Notre Dame 70 — Stanley Robinson had 22 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead Connecticut to its first Big East win of the season.

Jerome Dyson added 20 points, 16 in the second half, and 10 assists for UConn (10-3, 1-1). Kemba Walker had 11 points and 10 assists, giving the Huskies two players with double digits in assists in the same game for the second time in school history.

Charles Okwandu, a junior center who had never scored more than two points in a game, hit all five of his shots and finished with 10 points for UConn.

Luke Harangody had 31 points and nine rebounds for Notre Dame (12-3, 1-1), which lost for the first time in four games. Ben Hansbrough had 14 points and Tyrone Nash added 11.

NOTRE DAME (12-3): Nash 5-11 1-1 11, Jackson 2-7 0-1 6, Hansbrough 4-11 3-4 14, Abromaitis 3-9 0-0 8, Harangody 14-27 2-2 31, Brooks 0-0 0-0 0, Broghammer 0-0 0-0 0, Scott 0-3 0-0 0, Peoples 0-2 0-0 0, Cooley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-70 6-8 70.

CONNECTICUT (10-3): Robinson 9-19 1-2 22, Walker 3-5 5-6 11, Majok 0-0 0-0 0, Dyson 6-13 8-10 20, Oriakhi 1-6 2-2 4, Beverly 0-0 0-0 0, Coombs-McDaniel 0-2 2-2 2, Okwandu 5-5 0-0 10, Edwards 6-10 1-1 13. Totals 30-60 19-23 82.

Halftime—Connecticut 34-32. 3-Point Goals—Notre Dame 8-22 (Hansbrough 3-5, Jackson 2-5, Abromaitis 2-6, Harangody 1-4, Scott 0-1, Peoples 0-1), Connecticut 3-12 (Robinson 3-6, Walker 0-1, Co ombs-McDaniel 0-2, Dyson 0-3). Fouled Out—Hansbrough. Rebounds—Notre Dame 35 (Harangody 9), Connecticut 42 (Robinson 16). Assists—Notre Dame 17 (Jackson 8), Connecticut 22 (Dyson, Walker 10). Tot al Fouls—Notre Dame 20, Connecticut 13. A—NA.

No. 11 Michigan State 91, No. 25 Northwestern 70 —Kalin Lucas scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half for Michigan State.

Michigan State (11-3) used its speed, depth and a 12-0 run to build a big second-half lead and win its Big Ten opener.

MICHIGAN ST. (11-3): Morgan 5-9 6-7 17, Roe 1-1 2-6 4, Sherman 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas 8-12 4-4 21, Allen 3-8 2-2 9, Thornton 0-1 0-0 0, Summers 6-10 3-3 17, Kebler 0-1 0-0 0, Dahlman 0-0 0-0 0, Green 5-5 3-5 13, Crand ell 0-1 0-0 0, Lucious 3-6 0-0 8, Herzog 0-0 2-2 2, Nix 0-0 0-1 0. Totals 31-54 22-30 91.

NORTHWESTERN (10-3): Crawford 3-7 1-2 8, Shurna 11-20 5-5 29, Mirkovic 2-9 0-4 4, Thompson 2-8 2-4 8, Nash 1-6 1-1 3, Hearn 0-1 0-0 0, Fruendt 0-0 0-0 0, Peljusic 0-0 0-0 0, Capocci 0-0 0-0 0, Curletti 0-0 0-0 0, Marcotullio 4-9 4-5 16, Rowley 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 23-62 15-23 70.

Halftime—Michigan St. 41-33. 3-Point Goals—Michigan St. 7-16 (Summers 2-4, Lucious 2-5, Morgan 1-1, Allen 1-3, Lucas 1-3), Northwestern 9-26 (Marcotullio 4-7, Thompson 2-4, Shurna 2-8, Crawfo rd 1-4, Mirkovic 0-1, Nash 0-2). Fouled Out—Summers. Rebounds—Michigan St. 42 (Summers 7), Northwestern 30 (Mirkovic 7). Assists—Michigan St. 22 (Allen 6), Northwestern 16 (Thompson 7). Total Fo uls—Michigan St. 22, Northwestern 21. A—8,117.

Oregon 90, No. 17 Washington 79 — Malcolm Armstead scored 21 points, Michael Dunnigan added 20, and Oregon snapped Washington's 18-game home winning streak.

Oregon (10-4, 2-0 Pac-10) held a 69-61 lead with eight minutes to play. A pair of free throws from Michael Dunnigan, a runner in the lane from Armstead and a three-pointer from Teondre Williams gave the Ducks a 15-point lead.

Isaiah Thomas had 25 points for Washington (10-3, 1-1). Quincy Pondexter added 16 points and Venoy Overton finished with 14.

OREGON (10-4): Wilson 3-6 2-2 8, Singler 2-3 0-0 4, Dunigan 7-10 6-7 20, Armstead 9-17 2-2 21, Porter 5-16 2-4 16, Sim 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob 2-4 0-0 4, Longmire 2-2 1-2 5, Williams 3-5 0-0 8, Crittle 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 35-66 13-17 90.

WASHINGTON (10-3): Bryan-Amaning 0-3 1-2 1, Gant 2-3 1-2 5, Thomas 6-17 11-12 25, Gaddy 2-5 1-4 5, Pondexter 6-12 4-7 16, Overton 5-7 3-4 14, Trent 0-1 0-0 0, Suggs 2-4 0-0 6, Holiday 1-3 0-0 2, Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Breshers 2-3 1-4 5. Totals 26-58 22-35 79.

Halftime—Oregon 42-41. 3-Point Goals—Oregon 7-17 (Porter 4-8, Williams 2-2, Armstead 1-3, Sim 0-1, Singler 0-1, Wilson 0-2), Washington 5-18 (Suggs 2-4, Thomas 2-8, Overton 1-2, Holiday 0-1, Pondexter 0-1, Gaddy 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Oregon 35 (Dunigan 14), Washington 31 (Pondexter 6). Assists—Oregon 13 (Armstead 6), Washington 8 (Gaddy 4). Total Fouls—Oregon 23, Washingto n 17. A—10,000.

No. 24 UAB 73, Arkansas 72 — Howard Crawford scored on a dunk off an inbound play with 1 second left, lifting Alabama-Birmingham to the victory.

UAB (12-2) trailed 72-71 with 2.2 seconds left and called a timeout to set up a final play. Crawford raced down the lane unguarded and easily scored the winner for the Blazers.

Arkansas (7-7) led by five with just over 2 minutes left after trailing for much of the second half. But UAB's Elijah Millsap hit two free throws with 1:19 left to pull the Blazers within one.

Millsap led UAB with 22 points and Crawford added 13.

Marshawn Powell scored 22 points for Arkansas and Michael Washington had 18.

UAB (12-2): Crawford 4-10 5-6 13, Johnson 3-7 2-2 9, Sanders 3-8 2-2 10, Millsap 7-14 7-10 22, Drake 1-3 0-0 3, Cooper 0-2 1-2 1, Moore 4-5 3-4 11, Fields 1-5 0-0 2, Soko 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 23-54 22-28 73 .

ARKANSAS (7-7): Washington 6-11 5-6 18, Farmer 2-5 1-2 5, Powell 8-15 6-7 22, Clarke 5-9 3-3 16, Nobles 0-1 0-1 0, Bryant 0-2 0-0 0, Britt 0-2 0-0 0, Welsh 4-9 0-0 9, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Cox 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 26-56 15-19 72.

Halftime—UAB 39-31. 3-Point Goals—UAB 5-13 (Sanders 2-3, Millsap 1-2, Johnson 1-2, Drake 1-3, Fields 0-3), Arkansas 5-14 (Clarke 3-5, Washington 1-2, Welsh 1-3, Britt 0-1, Nobles 0-1, Bryant 0-1, Farmer 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—UAB 36 (Crawford 8), Arkansas 31 (Washington 7). Assists—UAB 6 (Sanders 3), Arkansas 13 (Welsh 6). Total Fouls—UAB 18, Arkansas 21. Technicals—Johnson , Nobles. A—12,106.

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