Pitt upsets Bearcats
Regional Panthers are winners of seven of last eight games. The Associated Press
Tray Woodall scored 14 points and led a late surge that sent No. 23 Pittsburgh to a 62-52 victory over No. 17 Cincinnati on Saturday, another meager showing on offense by the Bearcats.
Cincinnati (18-6, 6-5 Big East) went the final 9:21 without a field goal, missing its final 14 shots. The Bearcats shot a season-low 30.8 percent from the field.
The Bearcats managed only seven free throws in the last 9 minutes. Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 16 points, but had only one free throw in the second half, when he missed all seven shots from the field. He came into the game averaging 18.3 points, third-best in the Big East.
The Panthers (20-5, 8-4) are one of the hottest teams in the Big East, winning seven of their last eight games overall and four of their last five on the road.
"We've got eight wins in the conference, but we've still got a lot to prove," Woodall said. "A lot of people kept saying we couldn't hang with the big boys or we can't hang with the top-tier teams in the Big East. But clearly they don't know what they're talking about."
Woodall hit a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer during a 7-0 run that put Pitt ahead to stay with 3:21 left. The Panthers made all six of their free throws in the final minute to hold on.
McCaskey standout Lamar Patterson had six points, three assits and a steal.
Florida 83, Mississippi State 58: Mike Rosario scored 18 points, Erik Murphy added 17 and No. 2 Florida thumped Mississippi State.
Casey Prather chipped in 12 points and five rebounds for Florida (19-3, 9-1).
Gavin Ware scored 16 points, Colin Borchert added 14 and Trivante Bloodman chipped in 10 for Mississippi State (7-15, 2-8).
Oklahoma 72, Kansas 66: Romero Osby scored 17 points, Steven Pledger added 15 and Oklahoma (15-7, 6-4 Big 12) held off No. 5 Kansas to give the Jayhawks their first three-game losing streak in eight years.
The Sooners snapped a 10-game losing streak in the series and took down a top 5 opponent for the first time since beating then-No. 4 Texas on Jan. 28, 2006.
Freshman Je'lon Hornbeak went 4 for 6 at the free throw line in the final minute, just enough to keep the Jayhawks (19-4, 7-3) at bay. Cameron Clark hit two free throws to finish it off.
Ben McLemore led Kansas (19-4, 7-3) with 15 points.
Miami 87, North Carolina 61: Shane Larkin had 18 points and a career-high nine assists, and No. 8 Miami (19-3, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) hit a school record-tying 15 3-pointers to beat North Carolina for its 11th straight victory.
Reggie Bullock had 14 points for the Tar Heels (16-7, 6-4).
Kansas State 79, Iowa State 70: Rodney McGruder scored 22 points and Angel Rodriguez added 20 as No. 13 Kansas State (19-4, 8-2) knocked off Iowa State to take sole possession of first place in the Big 12.
Korie Lucious led the Cyclones (16-7, 6-4) with 16 points and reserve Tyrus McGee had 15.
Butler 59, George Washington 56: Rotnei Clark scored 14 points and No. 14 Butler (20-4, 7-2 Atlantic 10) held to beat George Washington.
Isaiah Armwood had 14 points and 11 rebounds for George Washington (11-11, 5-4).
Georgetown 69, Rutgers 63: Markel Starks scored 20 points and Otto Porter took over down the stretch to lead No. 20 Georgetown over Rutgers.
Porter had 15 of his 19 points in the second half and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Hoyas (17-4, 7-3 Big East). Eli Carter had 23 points for the Scarlet Knights (12-10, 3-8), who lost their sixth straight.
Missouri 98, Mississippi 79: Alex Oriakhi scored a career-high 22 points and added 18 rebounds, three blocks to lead No. 21 Missouri (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) over Mississippi.
Marshall Henderson had 16 points on 4-for-15 shooting for Mississippi (18-5, 7-3).
Oklahoma State 72, Texas 59: Marcus Smart scored 23 points and No. 22 Oklahoma State cruised past struggling Texas for the Cowboys' fifth straight win.
Markel Brown added 17 points for the Cowboys (17-5, 7-3 Big 12). Ioannis Papapetrou scored 15 points to lead Texas (10-13, 2-8).
Marquette 89, Depaul 78: Vander Blue scored 18 points and Junior Cadougan added 17 as No. 24 Marquette (17-5, 8-2) held off DePaul to send the Blue Demons to their eighth straight loss.
Brandon Young had 21 points and six assists for DePaul (10-13, 1-9).
Gonzaga 74, Loyola-Marymount 55: Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk each scored 20 points for No. 6 Gonzaga (23-2, 10-0 West Coast). Elias Harris added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Zags.
Anthony Ireland tied a career high with 30 points for lead cold-shooting Loyola Marymount (8-16, 1-10).
Michigan State 78, Purdue 65: Branden Dawson scored 20 points, while Keith Appling and Derrick Nix each finished with 17 points to lead No. 12 Michigan State (20-4, 9-2 Big Ten) past Purdue.
Purdue (12-12, 5-6) was led by Terone Johnson with 20 points and Ronnie Johnson with 15.
Oregon 73, Utah 64: E.J. Singler had 21 points and No. 19 Oregon overcame a poor start to end its three-game losing streak with a victory over Utah.
Damyean Dotson added 16 points for the Ducks (19-5, 8-3 Pac-12). Jason Washburn had 20 points and seven rebounds for the Utes (10-13, 2-9).
UNLV 64, New Mexico 55: Anthony Bennett had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the UNLV (18-6, 5-4 Mountain West) over No. 15 New Mexico.
Bryce DeJean-Jones and Katin Reinhardt each scored 16 points for UNLV. Alex Kirk scored 17 points to lead New Mexico (20-4, 7-2).
Villanova 68, South Florida 40: Darrun Hilliard scored 17 points to lead Villanova past cold-shooting South Florida.
The Wildcats (15-9, 6-5 Big East) led by as many as 34 points against the short-handed Bulls (10-13, 1-10), who were without leading scorer and rebounder Victor Rudd (groin).
JayVaughn Pinkston finished with 10 points for Villanova, which shot 52.4 percent (22-for-42) from the field, including 53.8 percent (7-for-13) from 3-point range.
La Salle 89, Fordham 53: Sam Millsscored a career-high 21 points, hitting 7 of 8 3-pointers, and Ramon Galloway had 19 points as La Salle (16-6, 6-3 Atlantic 10 Conference) routed Fordham.
Travion Leonard and Jermaine Myers scored 10 apiece for Fordham (6-18, 2-7).
Bucknell 60, Army 58: Cameron Ayers scored 19 points and Mike Muscala posted his fourth straight double-double to help Bucknell outlast Army.
Muscala finished with 12 points and 10 boards while Bryan Johnson tallied 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Bison (20-4, 7-1 Patriot League), who won despite not scoring a basket in the final two minutes.
Kyle Wilson paced Army (10-13, 3-5) with 14 points and Ella Ellis added 10.
Massachusetts 80, Saint Joseph's 62: Terrell Vinson had a game-high 18 points to power Massachusetts past Saint Joseph's in an Atlantic 10 Conference matchup.
Sampson Carter scored 16, Chaz Williams added 11 points and nine assists and Freddie Riley chipped in 10 to help UMass (15-6, 5-3).
Langston Galloway led the Hawks (13-8, 4-4) with 14 points and seven assists.
Lehigh 68, Holy Cross 61: Mackey McKnight made a season-high 11 free throws in 12 attempts and scored 22 points to help Lehigh 16-5, 7-1) beat Holy Cross.
Dave Dudzinski had 13 points and Malcolm Miller 10 for the Crusaders (10-13, 2-6).
Pennsylvania 71, Brown 48: Miles Cartwright had 28 points and seven rebounds, and Pennsylvania (5-17, 2-3) outscored Brown by 20 points in the second half.
Matt Sullivan scored 15 points for Bears (8-12, 2-4).n