- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 1, 2009

From combined dispatches

AP TOP 25

No. 3 PITT 78, RUTGERS 72: Sam Young had 18 points and Brad Wanamaker scored 13 of his career-high 15 in the second half as the Panthers (13-0) wore down the Scarlet Knights (9-5) on Wednesday in Piscataway, N.J., in the Big East opener for both teams.

Pittsburgh kept up its best start since going 15-0 in the 2005-06 season.

Rutgers led 55-50 midway through the second half. Wanamaker then scored five points in a 9-0 run as the Panthers pulled away.

Wanamaker led a bench that outscored Rutgers’ reserves 31-9. Levance Fields and Gilbert Brown each had 11 points.

Mike Rosario had 22 points for Rutgers.

NO. 5 DUKE 92, LOYOLA 51: Kyle Singler scored 20 points to help the Blue Devils (11-1) beat the Greyhounds (4-9) in Durham, N.C., despite playing much of the game without starting point guard Nolan Smith.

Gerald Henderson added 19 points for Duke, which had no trouble winning its first game after an 11-day break for Christmas. But Duke lost Smith midway through the first half to an apparent left-knee injury, leaving the sophomore to spend most of the game sitting on the bench and wearing an ice bag on his knee.

No. 7 NOTRE DAME 92, DePAUL 82: Luke Harangody scored 26 points and had 16 rebounds and Zach Hillesland scored a career-high 17 to lead the Fighting Irish (10-2) to a win over the Blue Demons (8-6) in Rosemont, Ill., in the Big East opener for both teams.

Leading 23-19 midway through the first half, Notre Dame extended its advantage with a 7-0 run. Hillesland and Jonathan Peoples had back-to-back baskets and Luke Zeller made a 3-pointer to give Notre Dame a 30-19 lead. The Irish closed out the half with Jackson’s jumper and Ryan Ayers made a 3 to give Notre Dame a 47-34 lead at the break.

NO. 10 MICHIGAN STATE 70, MINNESOTA 58: In Minneapolis, Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 24 points, Chris Allen added 13 and the Spartans (10-2) handed the Gophers (12-1) their first loss of the season.

In the Big Ten opener for both teams, Michigan State wore down Minnesota by repeatedly attacking the basket and clogging the lane on defensive. The Spartans outrebounded the Gophers 49-27 and outscored them 28-18 in the paint. Meanwhile, Minnesota shot a season-low 39.6-percent from the floor, often settling for long-range jumpers.

UTAH 66, No. 16 GONZAGA 65: Senior center Luke Nevill scored 15 points and added eight rebounds as the Utes (8-5) knocked off the Bulldogs (8-4) in Salt Lake City.

UNLV 56, No. 18 LOUISVILLE 55: Oscar Bellfield hit an acrobatic layup with 16.1 seconds remaining to lift the Rebels (12-2) to a stunning win over the Cardinals (8-3) in Louisville, Ky.

Bellfield beat Louisville center Samardo Samuels to the basket and banked the ball over the outstretched hands of the 6-foot-9 Samuels to give the Runnin’ Rebels the lead. Louisville’s Terrence Williams missed a layup with three seconds remaining and UNLV grabbed the rebound to hold on.

No. 19 BAYLOR 113, JACKSON ST. 78: Kevin Rogers scored 21 and Henry Dugat had 20 to help the Bears (12-1) beat the Tigers (1-11) in Waco, Texas.

LaceDarius Dunn added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Lomers had 14 points and Tweety Carter scored 12 for Baylor. All 12 Baylor players on the roster scored.

No. 22 XAVIER 78, ROBERT MORRIS 57: Jason Love scored a career-high 15 points as the Musketeers took advantage of their size advantage, and freshman guard Brad Redford scored a career-high 15 points from behind the arc, leading Xavier (9-2) to a victory over the Colonials (6-7) in Cincinnati.

Xavier was coming off back-to-back losses that sapped the Musketeers’ confidence. They were sloppy and sluggish in a 74-65 home loss to Butler on Saturday that prompted coach Sean Miller to make a lineup change against Robert Morris.

WISCONSIN 73, NO. 23 MICHIGAN 61: Marcus Landry and Trevon Hughes each scored 16 points and the Badgers (10-3) beat the Wolverines (10-3) in Ann Arbor, Mich.

NO. 24 OHIO STATE 68, IOWA 65: Jon Diebler scored a career-high 27 points and Evan Turner hit three late free throws to lead the Buckeyes (10-1) past the Hawkeyes (10-4) in Columbus, Ohio.

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HOUSTON BAPTIST 69, HOWARD 59: Gordon Watt scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Huskies (1-14) to a win over the Bison (1-11) in the Duel in the Desert in Logan, Utah.

Baron Sauls added 17 points and had two steals for Houston Baptist.

Paul Kirkpatrick scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Howard. Eugene Myatt added 11 points.

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