- The Washington Times - Monday, January 26, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 4 Pittsburgh 79, West Virginia 67: Sam Young scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the Panthers to a win over the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va., on Sunday.

Pittsburgh (18-1, 6-1 Big East) earned its second double-digit win since falling at Louisville a week ago and surrendering its No. 1 ranking.

Pittsburgh’s DeJuan Blair had his 13th double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. LeVance Fields had 13 points, and Jermaine Dixon scored 11.

Da’Sean Butler led West Virginia (14-5, 3-3) with 21 points. Alex Ruoff added 16 points, and Darryl Bryant scored 12.

West Virginia kept pace with the beefier Panthers for the game’s first 25 minutes. Pittsburgh then used its size and inside power to take over.

While the Mountaineers tried to keep pace with longer shots, the Panthers went hard to the basket and started piling up free throws.

Young, who had committed his third foul early in the second half, went to the bench for the next four minutes, then took over upon returning. He scored 12 points during a decisive 18-5 run, capping it with a layup with 8:06 remaining that gave Pittsburgh a 68-53 lead.

West Virginia got no closer than 11 points the rest of the game.

No. 7 Michigan State 78, Ohio State 67: Durrell Summers had 26 points to almost double his career high, and the Spartans dominated the boards to beat the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio.

The Spartans (16-3, 6-1 Big Ten) took 15 more shots from the field thanks to a 35-19 rebounding advantage. On the offensive boards, Michigan State held a 16-3 upper hand.

Kalin Lucas added 20 points, and Goran Suton 13 for the Spartans, who were coming off a humiliating 70-63 loss to Northwestern on Wednesday night that had ended an 11-game winning streak and a string of 28 straight wins at the Breslin Center.

Down by 12 points in the first half, they took command with a 9-0 run midway through the second half.

Evan Turner had 19 points, B.J. Mullens and Jon Diebler had 12 apiece and William Buford 11 for Ohio State (13-5, 3-4), which is 4-5 since opening with nine consecutive wins to climb to No. 15.

No. 9 Louisville 67, No. 8 Syracuse 57: Earl Clark scored five of his 16 points in the final two minutes, and the Cardinals held off the host Orange.

After Eric Devendorf gave Syracuse a 55-54 lead with 2:55 left, Clark hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to put the Cardinals ahead to stay as the Orange misfired repeatedly in the closing minutes. Syracuse, averaging 80.4 points a game, had only two field goals in the last seven minutes in being held to a season-low in points.

It was the seventh straight win for Louisville (15-3, 6-0 Big East), which handed Pittsburgh its first loss of the season eight days ago. Syracuse (17-4, 5-3) lost its second straight - the Orange fell 78-60 at No. 4 Pitt on Monday.

No. 10 Clemson 73, Georgia Tech 59: Terrence Oglesby hit five 3-pointers and scored 18 points, Trevor Booker had 11 points and 11 rebounds and the Tigers broke a two-game losing streak with a victory over the visiting Yellow Jackets.

The Tigers (17-2, 3-2 ACC) opened the season 16-0. But after losing a top-10 showdown to Wake Forest eight days ago, the Tigers were thumped by North Carolina - running their all-time mark to 0-54 in Chapel Hill.

No. 21 Minnesota 67, Indiana 63: Damian Johnson had 18 points and six rebounds, and Ralph Sampson III finished with 13 points to help the Gophers hold off the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind.

The victory ended Minnesota’s two-game losing streak and gave the Gophers (17-3, 5-3 Big Ten) their first win in Bloomington since February 2004.

No. 24 Florida 94, Vanderbilt 69: Chandler Parsons hit seven 3-pointers, including his first five, and finished with a career-high 27 points as the Gators routed the Commodores in Nashville, Tenn.

Florida (17-3, 4-1 SEC) won for the 11th time in 12 games with the lone loss coming on a buzzer-beater at South Carolina on Wednesday night. The Gators more than bounced back by hitting a season-best 15 3-pointers, with Parsons hitting seven of eight.

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