No. 5 Pittsburgh 74,
No. 3 Syracuse 66
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh scored the first 19 points only to lose the lead, then came back behind Nasir Robinson’s 21 points to hand No. 3 Syracuse its first loss Monday night, with a 74-66 victory in a game of remarkable runs.
Brad Wanamaker added 15 points to help the fifth-ranked Panthers (18-1) improve to 6-0 in the Big East for the first time and halt a long Syracuse winning streak for the second successive season.
The Orange (18-1, 5-1), playing without leading scorer Kris Joseph after he sustained a concussion Saturday against Cincinnati, couldn’t match the 1999-2000 team’s school record by winning their first 19 games. Syracuse won its first 13 last season, only to lose to Pitt 82-72 at the Carrier Dome.
C.J. Fair had 16 points and nine rebounds while Scoop Jardine added 12 points for Syracuse, which rallied from the terrible start with a 17-0 run that helped tie the score at 41 with 13:46 remaining. But Pitt scored nine of the next 12 points as Wanamaker hit a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws.
Pittsburgh, winning its eighth in a row, gradually built its lead back to 12 points at 65-53, then made certain Syracuse never got within five points after that despite Brandon Triche’s 11 points and Rick Jackson’s 10 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 8 Connecticut 61,
No. 7 Villanova 59
STORRS, Conn. — Kemba Walker hit a drive down the lane with 2.5 seconds to play to give Connecticut a victory over Villanova, snapping the Wildcats’ 11-game winning streak.
Walker, who entered the game as the nation’s second-leading scorer with a 25.6 average, finished with 24 points on a season-worst 6 of 18 from the field. Although he struggled against Villanova’s aggressive man-to-man defense, the junior guard scored the Huskies’ last seven points of the game.
Corey Fisher, who led Villanova (16-2, 4-1 Big East) with 28 points, tied the game at 59 with two free throws with 22 seconds left.
After a timeout, the Huskies (15-2, 4-2) ran down the clock before Walker started his winning drive inside halfcourt. Fisher’s long shot from around halfcourt was off at the buzzer.
This was the sixth time Villanova and Connecticut played while both were in the top 10 and the Huskies have won four of them.