Pitt prevails over UConn in battle of top-6 teams

PITTSBURGH — Ashton Gibbs scored 21 points as Pittsburgh's balance overcame Kemba Walker's one-man offense for No. 4 Connecticut, and the No. 6 Panthers easily won the Big East's first matchup of Top 10 teams by 78-63 on Monday night.

Walker scored 31 points, but missed 17 of 27 shots as Pittsburgh repeatedly limited the Huskies to a single shot in a possession — often a bad one. The Huskies shot 31.7 percent, 19 of 60, and had only two scorers with more than 5 points until the closing minutes in the conference opener.

Brad Wanamaker, who took turns with Gibbs shadowing one of the nation's leading scorers, added 14 points as Pittsburgh (13-1) beat Connecticut (10-1) for the fourth straight time and the fifth in six games.

No. 2 Ohio State 100, Tennessee-Martin 40

At Columbus, Ohio, William Buford scored the first seven points of the game and came out of an offensive funk to finish with 23 to lead Ohio State to a rout over Tennessee-Martin.

Deshaun Thomas added 20 points, Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale scored 10 points apiece for the Buckeyes (13-0), one of eight remaining Division I unbeatens. They are off to the fourth-best start in the program's 112 seasons.

No. 9 Missouri 97,Northern Illinois 61

At Columbia, Mo., Marcus Denmon scored 24 points to lead Missouri to a blowout victory over Northern Illinois.

Matt Pressey added a career-high 18 points for Missouri (12-1), which scored the first 17 points of the game and held the largest halftime lead against a Division I opponent in school history at 40-points. The Tigers connected on 69 percent of their shots in the opening frame and scored a season-best 57 points.

It was 100th win for coach Mike Anderson, who became the fastest coach in program history to reach that mark, needing just 147 games.

No. 22 Louisville 104,Morgan State 74

At Louisville, Ky., Preston Knowles scored a career-high 31 points as Louisville routed Morgan State in its final tuneup before a showdown with rival Kentucky Friday.

Kyle Kuric added 25 points for the Cardinals (11-1). Louisville shot 59 percent from the field and forced 26 turnovers.

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