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Pitt starts fast, rips Hoyas

WASHINGTON — The clash of high-scoring backcourts was no contest. Pittsburgh came in already on a roll, and Georgetown was already in a slump.

The Panthers' perimeter trio of Ashton Gibbs, Brad Wanamaker and Gilbert Brown scored an early knockout of the Hoyas' Chris Wright, Austin Freeman and Jason Clark. No. 5 Pitt had a double-digit lead after 10 minutes and held it the rest of the way Wednesday night in a 72-57 win over No. 22 Georgetown.

"I thought me, Brad, Gil and Travon (Woodall), we definitely took it as a personal challenge," Gibbs said. "I guess they were considered one of the best backcourts in the country, and we wanted to come out and show what we had, too."

Gibbs hit five 3-pointers and had 22 points. Wanamaker had 14 points and Brown 12, and Woodall added five assists off the bench for the Panthers, who shot 58 percent in the first half to build a 17-point halftime lead, the school's largest in a Big East road game. Pitt (16-1, 4-0) has won six straight overall.

Wright scored 14 for the Hoyas (12-5, 1-4), who have lost three straight and are off to their worst conference start since 1998-99.

NO. 2 OHIO ST. 68, MICHIGAN 64: William Buford had 19 points, and the visiting Buckeyes (17-0, 4-0 Big Ten) went on a 12-0 second-half run before holding on.

NO. 3 KANSAS 84, IOWA ST. 79: Marcus Morris had career highs of 33 points and 13 rebound as the visiting Jayhawks (16-0) won their 20th straight Big 12 opener.

NO. 4 SYRACUSE 76, ST. JOHN'S 59: Kris Joseph had 18 points for the visiting Orange (17-0, 4-0 Big East), off to the second-best start in school history.

NO. 6 SAN DIEGO ST. 55, UNLV 49: Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and 17 rebounds for the host Aztecs (18-0, 3-0 Mountain West), who led most of the game but struggled to put away the Rebels.

NO. 7 VILLANOVA 88, NO. 18 LOUISVILLE 74: Corey Stokes had 23 points to lead the host Wildcats (15-1, 4-0 Big East) to their 10th straight win. The Cardinals (13-3, 2-1) also lost junior forward Jared Swopshire for the season with an injured groin.

NO. 14 TEXAS A&M 71, OKLA. ST. 48: Nathan Walkup and David Loubeau had 16 points each, and the host Aggies (15-1, 2-0 Big 12) won their 12th straight game.

NO. 15 MISSOURI 77, NEBRASKA 69: Marcus Denmon matched his career best with 27 points for the host Tigers (15-2, 1-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 13-point loss at Colorado.

NO. 19 TEMPLE 83, ST. BONAVENTURE 55: Ramone Moore scored 13 of his 19 in the last 5:17 of the first half for the host Owls (12-3, 3-0 Atlantic 10), who have won the past 14 games in the series.

COLORADO 74, NO. 21 KANSAS ST. 66: Levi Knutson had 20 points as the Buffaloes beat a ranked team on the road for the first time in 14 years and snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Wildcats (12-5, 0-2).

VANDY 73, NO. 24 GEORGIA 66: John Jenkins and Festus Ezeli scored 18 each for the Commodores, and the Bulldogs (12-3, 1-1 SEC) had a nine-game winning streak snapped in their first game in the AP poll since 2003.

POSTPONEMENT: The game between Alabama-Birmingham and host East Carolina was postponed to Monday because of travel disruptions caused by a winter storm.

MINNESOTA: Forward Trevor Mbakwe apologized for distracting his team after his arrest for allegedly violating a restraining order against him by sending a Facebook message to an ex-girlfriend. Coach Tubby Smith said the junior now will be a reserve.

State

TAMPA 78, SAINT LEO 66: Anthony Griffis had 25 points and 10 rebounds for the host Spartans (15-0, 5-0 Sunshine State), who passed the 1991-92 squad for the best start in program history. The Lions (9-5, 1-4) lost their third in a row.

FLA. SOUTHERN 76, ECKERD 70: The host Moccasins held the Tritons (11-4, 2-3 SSC) to 21 percent shooting from the field in the first half and held on.

Pitt starts fast, rips Hoyas 01/12/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 12:24am]

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