No. 4 Pittsburgh 67, South Florida 55
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nasir Robinson and Brad Wanamaker each had 13 points and No. 4 Pittsburgh pulled away over the final 10 minutes to beat South Florida 67-55 on Wednesday night.
The Panthers (24-2, 12-1) won for the 14th time in 15 games and took a two-game lead in the Big East — but it wasn’t as easy as expected.
The Bulls (8-19, 2-12) lost their fifth consecutive game and fell to 0-9 against ranked teams, but were within a point of the Panthers in the second half.
Playing without leading scorer Ashton Gibbs (left knee) for the third consecutive game, Pitt led 45-44 before going on a 15-2 run to ensure its fifth win in a row.
Gilbert Brown also had 11 points for the Panthers, who had a 40-18 advantage in rebounds.
Gibbs is practicing with the team and is expected to play in Pitt’s next game, at St. John’s on Saturday.
No. 5 Duke 56, Virginia 41
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Nolan Smith had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists as Duke overcame a sluggish start to beat Virginia.
The Blue Devils (24-2, 11-1) won their fifth straight, despite getting just two points from second-leading scorer Kyle Singler. The senior was in foul trouble for much of the game and didn’t score his first bucket until the 16-minute mark of the second half.
Duke held Virginia to 15 second-half points and beat the Cavaliers for the seventh straight time.
Mustapha Farrakhan led Virginia with 11 points.
Virginia (12-13, 3-8), which dropped under .500 for the first time this season, has lost three straight.
No. 13 Connecticut 78,
No. 9 Georgetown 70
HARTFORD, Conn. — Kemba Walker had 31 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to lead Connecticut over Georgetown, snapping the Hoyas’ eight-game winning streak.
Jamal Coombs-McDaniel had 23 points in his second straight big game for the Huskies (20-5, 8-5 Big East), who had lost three of their last five, including two at home.
Chris Wright had 19 points for the Hoyas (20-6, 9-5), who went on their winning streak after starting conference play 1-4.
Georgetown’s last lead was at 70-69 on a basket by Austin Freeman with 4:01 left. But that was the Hoyas’ last field goal of the game as the Huskies closed on a 9-0 run with Walker scoring the first three points of that surge.
No. 11 Purdue 70,
No. 10 Wisconsin 62
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — JaJuan Johnson had 20 points and E’Twaun Moore scored 19 to help Purdue beat Wisconsin.
Lewis Jackson added 18 points and five assists for the Boilermakers. Jackson scored just one point when Wisconsin beat Purdue 66-59 at home on Feb. 1.
Purdue (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten) moved into sole possession of second place in the conference. The Boilermakers, now 14-0 at home, host league leader Ohio State on Sunday.
Johnson, who has scored at least 20 points in nine of his past 10 Big Ten games, also had 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Jon Leuer scored 23 points and Jordan Taylor added 15 for the Badgers (19-6, 9-4), who had won four straight — including a victory over then-No. 1 Ohio State at home on Saturday.
Leuer and Taylor combined to shoot 16 for 27 from the field, but the rest of the Badgers were 8 for 32.
Cincinnati 63, No. 16 Louisville 54
CINCINNATI — Cashmere Wright scored 20 points, Sean Kilpatrick added 18 and Cincinnati bolstered its NCAA tournament resume with a victory over Louisville.
Embattled junior forward Yancy Gates added eight points and six rebounds for the Bearcats (20-6, 7-6 Big East), who smothered the Cardinals to reach the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2006.
Terrence Jennings led Louisville (19-7, 8-5) with 12 points but the Cardinals turned it over 15 times and never got into a rhythm in the face of Cincinnati’s tough defense.
Louisville shot a respectable 47 percent from the floor but made just four of 17 3-pointers, five below its season average.
No. 18 Vanderbilt 64, Georgia 56
ATHENS, Ga. — John Jenkins scored all of his 21 points in the final 14 minutes and Vanderbilt rallied from a second-half deficit of 14 points to beat Georgia.
Georgia led 40-26 before Jenkins scored his first points on a 3-pointer with 13:15 remaining to start Vanderbilt’s comeback. The Bulldogs’ last field goal came on a 3 by Travis Leslie for a 53-40 lead with 9:49 to go.
Led by Jenkins, Vanderbilt (19-6, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) closed the game with a 24-3 run as Georgia managed only three free throws.
The Commodores moved past Georgia (17-8, 6-5) for second place in the SEC East. Gerald Robinson led the Bulldogs with 15 points.
Festus Ezeli had 10 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks for Vanderbilt, which earned its second SEC road win in five tries.
No. 21 Texas A&M 71, Iowa State 66
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Nathan Walkup scored 19 points and Texas A&M held off Iowa State.
The Aggies (20-5, 7-4 Big 12) were up by seven before Iowa State cut the lead to 66-62 on a 3-pointer by Scott Christopherson with 1½ minutes remaining. Texas A&M’s Khris Middleton made three free throws in the next minute to push the lead back to seven, and the Aggies held on.
The victory was Texas A&M’s third straight overall and eighth in a row over the Cyclones.
Iowa State (14-12, 1-10), which was led by Jake Anderson’s 18 points, dropped its eighth consecutive game.
No. 24 Xavier 74, Saint Joseph’s 54
PHILADELPHIA — Mark Lyons scored 24 points and Kenny Frease had 17 points and 10 rebounds in Xavier’s victory over Saint Joseph’s.
The Musketeers (19-6, 10-1 Atlantic 10) won their fourth straight and are in first place with five games left before the conference tournament. Xavier moved into The Associated Press poll this week for the first time all season.
The Musketeers used a 12-1 run in the second half to pull away from the Hawks (7-18, 2-9). Idris Hilliard led Saint Joseph’s with 13 points.