- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 20, 2009

From combined dispatches


No. 4 Pittsburgh 78, No. 8 Syracuse 60: Sam Young pulled out of a three-game slump by scoring 19 of his 22 points in the second half, and the Panthers came back from their first loss of the season, surging shortly after halftime to defeat the Orange on Monday night in Pittsburgh.

DeJuan Blair, also coming off a poor game during a 69-63 loss at No. 9 Louisville on Saturday night that ended Pitt’s two-week stay at No. 1, was strong inside with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Blair’s toughness keyed a rugged and sometimes intimidating defense that held the Orange nearly 22 points below their scoring average.

Young, Pitt’s leading scorer with an 18.7 average, made seven of 12 shots after going only 15-for-49 in his previous three games.


HOWARD 64, SOUTH CAROLINA ST. 46: Natalie Day recorded her first double-double with a game-high 19 points, and Tamaya Daniels added 18 points to lead the Bison to a win over the Bulldogs at Burr Gymnasium.

It was the third straight win for Howard (3-13, 2-2 MEAC). The Bulldogs (3-12, 0-4) remain winless in conference play.

The Bison bolted out to a 28-16 lead at the half with help from an aggressive defense and scoring runs by Day and Daniels.

Day made 8-for-16 from the field and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds.

Daniels went 7-for-12 and added nine rebounds for the Bison.


No. 1 Connecticut 88, No. 2 North Carolina 58: Renee Montgomery scored 21 points to help the Huskies rout the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C., dominating a matchup of unbeaten teams from start to finish.

Maya Moore had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Connecticut (18-0), which turned one of the most anticipated games of the season into just another lopsided victory. Connecticut built a double-digit lead in the first half and led 46-30 at the break, then increased the margin against a deeper and supposedly more athletic opponent.

No. 4 Duke 61, N.C. State 58 (OT): Chante Black had 17 points and 17 rebounds, Karima Christmas also scored 17 points and the Blue Devils rallied for an overtime victory over the Wolfpack in Raleigh, N.C.

Black scored all of her points and grabbed all but one of her rebounds after halftime for the Blue Devils (16-1, 4-0 ACC), who came back from a 14-point deficit in the first half to win their 14th consecutive game.

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