- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

From combined dispatches

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No. 4 Pittsburgh 70, West Virginia 59: Sam Young scored 20 points as the Panthers seized the lead with a late first-half run and went on to beat the Mountaineers in Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Young followed up a 22-point game in Pitt’s 79-67 win at West Virginia two weeks ago, making seven of 12 shots and adding seven rebounds. Levance Fields had 13 points and seven assists to help the Panthers (22-2, 9-2 Big East) win their fourth in a row and sixth in seven games.

Alex Ruoff scored 17 points and Devin Ebanks had 16, but West Virginia (16-8, 5-6) lost its sixth in seven games against ranked Big East teams even though Pitt’s DeJuan Blair was in foul trouble most of the game.

Pittsburgh, known for its defense and not its offense, had scored 90 points or more in succession against DePaul, Robert Morris and Notre Dame. That wasn’t going to happen against West Virginia, which came in leading the Big East by allowing only 61 points a game.

Especially not with Blair sitting out most of the first half after drawing his second foul with 15:14 remaining in the half. The 6-foot-7 Blair was coming off a 32-point, 14-rebound game against DePaul on Saturday and was averaging 24.3 points and 14.7 rebounds in his previous three but didn’t score until getting Pitt’s first two baskets of the second half.

Blair finished with eight points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes.

Pitt fell behind by as many as four with Blair out, but a Young-led 13-3 run helped the Panthers open a 29-22 lead with 1:12 remaining before halftime.

No. 17 Missouri 62, No. 16 Kansas 60: Zaire Taylor hit a 10-footer from just outside the lane with 1.3 seconds to go, capping the Tigers’ comeback from a 14-point halftime deficit in a victory over the Jayhawks in Columbia, Mo.

DeMarre Carroll had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (21-4, 8-2 Big 12), who won their 16th in a row at home against a bitter border rival that had beaten them five straight times. Fans from a raucous sellout crowd of 15,061 mobbed the floor after Cole Aldrich’s desperation shot banged off the backboard at the buzzer as he was knocked to the floor.

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HOWARD 59, DELAWARE ST. 43: Eugene Myatt scored 18 points to lead the Bison to a win over the Hornets at Burr Gymnasium.

Frisco Sandidge led the Hornets with 17 points and eight rebounds.

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