UNLV Upends Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Oscar Bellfield hit an acrobatic layup with 16.1 seconds remaining to lift UNLV (12-2) to a stunning 56-55 win against No. 18 Louisville (8-3) on Wednesday. Bellfield beat Louisville center Samardo Samuels to the basket and banked the ball over the outstretched hands of the 6-foot-9 Samuels to give the Runnin' Rebels the lead. Louisville's Terrence Williams missed a layup with three seconds remaining and UNLV grabbed the rebound to hold on. NO. 3 PITTSBURGH 78, RUTGERS 72PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Sam Young had 18 points and Brad Wanamaker scored 13 of his career-high 15 in the second half as No. 3 Pittsburgh (13-0) wore down Rutgers (9-5) 78-72 Wednesday in the Big East opener for both teams. The Panthers kept up their best start since going 15-0 in the 2005-06 season. NO. 5 DUKE 92, LOYOLA, MD. 51 DURHAM, N.C. - Kyle Singler scored 20 points to help fifth-ranked Duke (11-1) beat Loyola of Maryland (4-9) despite playing much of the game without starting point guard Nolan Smith. Gerald Henderson added 19 points for the Blue Devils, who had no trouble winning their first game after an 11-day break for Christmas. But Duke lost Smith midway through the first half to an apparent left knee injury. NO. 7 NOTRE DAME 92, DEPAUL 82 ROSEMONT Ill. - Luke Harangody scored 26 points and had 16 rebounds and Zach Hillesland scored a career-high 17 to lead No. 7 Notre Dame (10-2) past DePaul (8-6) in the Big East opener for both teams. Leading 23-19 midway through the first half, Notre Dame extended its advantage with a 7-0 run. Hillesland and Jonathan Peoples had back-to-back baskets and Luke Zeller made a 3-pointer to give Notre Dame a 30-19 lead. NO. 10 MICHIGAN STATE 70, NO. 21 MINNESOTA 58 MINNEAPOLIS - Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 24 points, Chris Allen added 13 and No. 10 Michigan State (10-2) beat Minnesota (12-1) to hand the 21st-ranked Gophers their first loss of the season in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Al Nolen led Minnesota with 14 points, and Lawrence Westbrook added 11. Minnesota missed its chance to improve to 13-0 and match the mark set by the 1948-49 team. NO. 19 BAYLOR 113, JACKSON STATE 78 WACO, Texas - Kevin Rogers scored 21 and Henry Dugat had 20 to help No. 19 Baylor (12-1) beat Jackson State (1-11). LaceDarius Dunn added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Lomers had 14 points and Tweety Carter scored 12 for Baylor. All 12 Baylor players on the roster had points. NO. 22 XAVIER 78, ROBERT MORRIS 57 CINCINNATI - Jason Love scored a career-high 15 points as No. 22 Xavier took advantage of its size advantage, and freshman guard Brad Redford scored a career-high 15 points from behind the arc, leading the Musketeers (9-2) past Robert Morris (6-7). Jeremy Chappell led Robert Morris with 17 points. WISCONSIN 73, NO. 23 MICHIGAN 61 ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Marcus Landry and Trevon Hughes each scored 16 points and Wisconsin (10-3) beat No. 23 Michigan (10-3). Jon Leuer added 12 points for the Badgers, coming off a five-point loss to then-No. 9 Texas last week. Wisconsin has not lost consecutive games since falling to Ohio State and Michigan State in February 2007. NO. 24 OHIO STATE 68, IOWA 65 COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jon Diebler scored a career-high 27 points and Evan Turner hit three late free throws to lead No. 24 Ohio State (10-1) past Iowa (10-4) in the Big Ten opener for both teams. In a physical game between two of the nation's top defensive teams, the Buckeyes built an early lead, lost it, regained it, and then barely had enough to hang on at the finish. MIAMI 94, NORTH FLORIDA 41 CORAL GABLES - Jack McClinton and Cyrus McGowan scored 17 points apiece as Miami (9-3) crushed North Florida (2-10). Despite not starting for the first time this season, McClinton overtook John Salmons for 17th place on Miami's all-time scoring list with 1,292 career points. SAINT LEO 72, BARRY 71 MIAMI SHORES - Jordan Prais hit a jumper at the buzzer to lift Saint Leo (7-6, 1-0 Sunshine State Conference) past Barry (5-6, 0-1) in overtime. Prais led all scorers with 20 points while grabbing 15 rebounds. Three other Lions reached double digits: Quentin Cullop scored 15 while Josue Vazquez and Kyle Rowland scored 11 and 10 respectively.