No. 3 Pitt cruises past WVU

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 1:12 a.m.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Donatas Zavackas scored 16 points to lead No. 3 Pittsburgh to an 80-61 victory over West Virginia on Tuesday night.

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Pittsburgh's Ontario Lett goes up for a first-half bucket against West Virginia's Tyrone Sally (4) and Kevin Pittsnogle, right, in Morgantown, W.Va., Tuesday as teammate Jarmon Durisseau-Collins watches.

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Julius Page, Ontario Lett and Jaron Brown each added 14 points for Pittsburgh (13-1, 3-0 Big East), which shot 63 percent from the field, including 10-of-18 from 3-point range.

West Virginia (9-5, 1-2) lost for the first time at home this season and was held to its third-lowest point total of the season.

KENTUCKY 74, VANDERBILT 52: Gerald Fitch scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as the Wildcats (12-3, 3-0 SEC) rallied from a 14-point deficit for their sixth straight victory.

Kentucky trailed 36-28 at halftime then outscored the Commodores 28-7 over the first 12 minutes of the second half.

Reserve freshman Mario Moore had 17 points for Vanderbilt (8-6, 1-2), which was coming off an upset of then-No. 4 Alabama.

CONNECTICUT 83, VIRGINIA TECH 65: Ben Gordon scored 24 points and Emeka Okafor had 19 as No. 6 Connecticut rallied for a victory over Virginia Tech.

The Huskies (11-1, 2-0 Big East) were outmuscled inside in the first half, but turned it around in the second with stepped-up defense and 69 percent shooting from the field.

Okafor led UConn with 12 rebounds and had all five of his blocks in the second half. Gordon had two of his three steals during a 21-3 run that snapped a 54-all tie.

NOTRE DAME 68, RUTGERS 57: Matt Carroll scored 25 points, Chris Thomas had 19 and No. 10 Notre Dame made all but one of its 23 free throws in beating Rutgers.

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