Chris Taft and Mark McCarroll scored 15 points apiece and eighth-ranked Pittsburgh held No. 13 Syracuse to its lowest point total in 36 years with a 66-45 victory last night at the Carrier Dome.
It was the fewest points the Orangemen have scored since losing, 71-41, at Kansas in 1968. Syracuse's previous low in the 24-year history of the Carrier Dome was set in a 51-50 loss to Connecticut on Jan. 16, 1988.
Chevon Troutman led the Panthers (19-1, 5-1 Big East) on the glass with 11 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Pitt took control inside with a 50-36 rebounding edge.
Syracuse (13-3, 3-2), which lost its second straight game, was led by Hakim Warrick with 16 points and 10 rebounds, his fourth straight double-double. Gerry McNamara, hobbled by a sore left groin, had 8 points on 3-of-11 shooting, nearly 10 points below his average.
The Orangemen shot a season-low 27 percent (15 of 55), hit just 11 of 25 free throws, and were outscored, 40-18, in the paint.
Troutman added 12 points for Pitt, which steadily pulled away after holding a 29-23 halftime lead. It was the Orangemen's worst first-half output of the season.
Duke 85, Georgetown 66 -- The top-ranked Blue Devils' combination of Shelden Williams (26 points) inside and Chris Duhon (17 points) outside was just too much for the Hoyas in Washington.
Williams finished 12 for 15 from the field, and Duhon was 7 for 9 as Duke (16-1) shot 56 percent from the field in winning its 13th game in a row. J.J. Redick added 15 points.
Brandon Bowman scored 19 points for the Hoyas (11-4), who have lost four of five after a 10-0 start. Georgetown had the lead just once -- at 12-10. Duke's 27-5 run built a 48-24 halftime advantage.
Stanford 77, Southern Cal 67 -- Chris Hernandez had 18 points and Nick Robinson scored all 13 of his points in the second half as the No. 2 Cardinal (16-0, 7-0 Pac-10) passed their biggest home test of the season.
Hernandez scored 5 straight points late in the game, including a 3-pointer that banked in just before the shot clock expired. He also added seven assists and five rebounds.
Desmon Farmer had 19 points for the Trojans (8-9, 3-5), but only 6 in the second half.
Saint Joseph's 114, St. Bonaventure 63 -- Jameer Nelson was perfect from the field in Olean, N.Y., hitting all six attempts for 19 points, and the third-ranked Hawks set a school record with their 17th straight win to start the season.
Delonte West had 21 points for Saint Joseph's (17-0, 7-0 Atlantic-10), which used a 15-0 run to build a 20-3 lead.
St. Bonaventure (6-10, 2-3) hit only one of its first 18 shots.
Cincinnati 83, Southern Miss. 47 -- At Hattiesburg, Miss., Tony Bobbitt scored 19 points and the No. 6 Bearcats made a robust recovery from their first loss of the season.
Cincinnati (14-1, 5-1) had more turnovers forced (16) than field goals allowed (14) in their most lopsided Conference USA victory of the season. Jason Maxiell had 17 points and James White added 13 in downing the Golden Eagles (9-7, 2-3).
N. Carolina 96, Virginia 77 -- Rashad McCants scored 26 points to lead six players in double figures for the seventh-ranked Tar Heels, who improved to 17-2 against the Cavaliers in the Smith Center.
Sean May added 17 points and Raymond Felton had 11 points and eight assists to help North Carolina (12-4, 2-3 ACC) bounce back from Thursday's overtime loss to Florida State.
N.C. State 76, Georgia Tech 72 -- The Wolfpack (11-4, 4-1) improved to 10-0 at home and grabbed sole possession of second place in the ACC by turning back the No. 11 Yellow Jackets (15-3, 3-2).
Scooter Sherrill topped North Carolina State with 18 points, and Ilian Evtimov had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Oklahoma St. 72, Texas 67 -- Joey Graham had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the No. 24 Cowboys (14-2, 4-1 Big 12), who brought an end to the No. 16 Longhorns' 25-game home winning streak.
Royal Ivey scored 14 points for Texas (12-3, 3-1), which was 2 of 9 from the foul line over the last four minutes.
Florida 68, Auburn 52 -- David Lee netted 10 of his 12 points in the second half, and the 17th-ranked Gators (12-4, 3-2 SEC) forced 22 turnovers by the Tigers (11-6, 2-4) in Gainesville, Fla.
Texas Tech 80, Texas A&M 78 -- Andre Emmett's 23 points included the go-ahead basket with six seconds to play, and the No. 18 Red Raiders (16-2, 4-0 Big 12) escaped in College Station, Texas, for their 12th straight victory.
Mississippi St. 71, Georgia 58 -- Lawrence Roberts had 17 points for the No. 19 Bulldogs (16-1, 5-1 SEC), who scored the game's first 19 points and never trailed visiting Georgia.
Oklahoma 61, Kansas St. 49 -- The 20th-ranked Sooners (11-4, 1-3 Big 12) ended their longest losing streak in five years, receiving 24 points from Jason Detrick in Norman, Okla.
Wisconsin 76, Illinois 56 -- Devin Harris poured in a career-high 30 points and Mike Wilkinson added a career-best 24 for Wisconsin (13-3, 4-1 Big Ten) in the 21st-ranked Badgers' 24th straight home win.
Arkansas 70, Vanderbilt 62 -- The 22d-ranked Commodores (13-3, 2-3 SEC) lost their third straight conference road game as Ronnie Brewer and Jonathon Modica led the Razorbacks (10-7, 2-4) with 21 points each.
S. Carolina 61, LSU 55 -- At Columbia, S.C., Carlos Powell had 12 points, including South Carolina's only 3-pointer of the game with 1:38 left, to boost the No. 25 Gamecocks (17-2, 4-1 SEC) after they had blown a 10-point lead.