Pitt wins game of streaks vs. Syracuse
Top 25: Missouri blows by struggling Wildcats
The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH -- 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. 2 Kansas 85, Baylor 65 -- Box Score
WACO, Texas -- Twin brothers Markieff and Marcus Morris powered second-ranked Kansas to a big early lead and the Jayhawks stayed unbeaten with a 85-65 victory Monday night that ended Baylor's 15-game home winning streak.
The Jayhawks (18-0, 3-0 Big 12) were coming off a three-game stretch that included an overtime victory at Michigan and winning their first two conference games by a combined eight points. Despite some sloppy play in the second half, they never really had to worry about a close call against Baylor (12-5, 2-2).
Marcus Morris finished with 25 points and Markieff had 19 to lead five Kansas players in double figures.
By halftime, Markieff Morris already had 15 points, making all seven of his shots (he finished 9 of 10), and Marcus Morris was 6 of 7 shooting for 13 points as Kansas led 53-32.
The Jayhawks, No. 1 Ohio State (18-0) and No. 6 San Diego State (19-0) are the only undefeated teams left. Third-ranked Syracuse lost for the first time earlier Monday, 74-66 at fifth-ranked Pittsburgh.
Freshman sensation Perry Jones had 20 points to lead Baylor, which is 5-5 since mid-December after peaking at No. 9 in the AP poll, its highest-ever ranking. Anthony Jones had 17 and LaceDarius Dunn 13.
Dunn, who came in leading the nation with 4.2 3-pointers a game, had only one. And that came in the closing seconds to stretch his school-record streak to 31 games in row hitting a long-range shot.
No. 8 Connecticut 61, No. 7 Villanova 59 -- Box Score
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.
No. 13 Missouri 75, Kansas State 59 -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Marcus Denmon scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half and Missouri forced Kansas State into 24 turnovers.
Phil Pressey added 13 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Tigers (16-3, 2-2 Big 12). He's made seven of his last nine from behind the arc in the last two games.
The Tigers led by 15 at the half and surged late after the Wildcats cut the gap to three with just over nine minutes to go.
Jacob Pullen had 16 points while Jordan Herniquez-Roberts added 14 for Kansas State (13-6, 1-3), which has dropped three of four. The Wildcats were held scoreless for nearly five minutes in the second half while Missouri put the game away with a 12-0 run that featured a spectacular one-handed alley-oop dunk by Laurence Bowers and led 70-55 with 3:50 to go.