St. John's ends Pitt's run

Published: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
NEW YORK - The Red Storm did in Pittsburgh - and did the Redmen proud.
On the day St. John's honored 10 former coaches and players who were all at the school when it was using its old nickname, the Red Storm knocked No. 9 Pittsburgh from the ranks of the unbeaten, 55-50 Saturday.
"This was a perfect day. Nobody could have written a script like this," said Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca, one of those honored at a halftime ceremony.
The Red Storm are getting used to winning against ranked teams, having beaten No. 17 Louisville 68-56 on Tuesday, also at Madison Square Garden.
"We are not just playing for ourselves," St. John's guard Daryll Hill said. "St. John's has that history and we are trying to bring it back like it was before."
Lamont Hamilton matched his career high with 24 points, including two free throws with 12 seconds left that gave the Red Storm a 53-50 lead. It was the first time the Panthers lost this season and it came in their third straight road game.
"I'm upset. I'm a basketball player and a competitor, a person who really doesn't like to lose," Pitt senior guard Carl Krauser said. "We are all upset. We just didn't want to lose."
    Darius Washington Jr. scored 11 of his 20 points in the final 8 minutes to help visiting Memphis hold on for the win.
    The bigger, deeper Tigers (17-2, 3-0 Conference USA) never trailed and withstood a productive second half by the Golden Eagles' Jarekus Singleton to win their sixth straight.
  • NO. 5 TEXAS 66, BAYLOR 47: Daniel Gibson scored a career-high 37 points with nine 3-pointers and Brad Buckman added 10 for the visiting Longhorns.
    The Longhorns (16-2, 4-0 Big 12) won their eighth straight game since consecutive lopsided losses to No. 1 Duke and Tennessee in December.
  • NO. 6 GONZAGA 64, SAN DIEGO 63: Erroll Knight hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 8 seconds left to lift visiting Gonzaga to its sixth straight victory.
    The Bulldogs (15-3, 5-0 West Coast Conference) won even though Adam Morrison, the nation's leading scorer, was held to 16 points, his lowest output since a season-opening win over Idaho. Morrison came in with a 28.3-point average.
  • NO. 7 ILLINOIS 58, NORTHWESTERN 47: Dee Brown broke out of his shooting slump with 18 points and had eight assists to lead visiting Illinois.
    After shooting a combined 9-of-39 in the previous three games, Brown was 6-for-10 and 2-for-5 from 3-point range, banking one from the top as the shot clock expired just over seven minutes into the game.
  • NO. 8 VILLANOVA 80, NO. 20 SYRACUSE 65:
    Allan Ray scored 22 points, Randy Foye had 20 and host Villanova survived Syracuse's second-half surge to beat the Orange.
    Kyle Lowry added 11 points for the Wildcats (13-2, 4-1 Big East), who came out firing and used sharp 3-point shooting to build a 21-point first-half lead, then sank their free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win.
  • NO. 10 WASHINGTON 78, OREGON 59: The Huskies (16-2, 5-2) moved into a tie with UCLA for the top spot in the Pac-10.
  • NO. 11 MICHIGAN STATE 85, NO. 23 IOWA 55:
    Maurice Ager scored 25 points and Paul Davis had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead host Michigan State.
    The Spartans (15-4, 3-2 Big Ten) led by nine at halftime, then turned the game into a rout with a 12-2 run to start the second half against the Hawkeyes (14-5, 3-2).
  • NO. 12 WEST VIRGINIA 60, NO. 18 UCLA 56:
    Mike Gansey scored 24 points and visiting West Virginia survived a furious rally to get its 12th straight victory.
    The Mountaineers (14-3) led by 20 points early in the second half, but saw their lead shrink to three in the final 2 minutes.
    The Bruins (15-4) missed 3-pointers by Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar, then Farmar had the ball stripped by Gansey, who got fouled and hit a free throw before time expired.
  • NO. 13 INDIANA 62, PURDUE 49: Marco Killingsworth scored 18 points, while Robert Vaden and Roderick Wilmont keyed a second-half run.
    Visiting Indiana (12-3, 4-1) moved into a share of the Big Ten lead with Wisconsin by beating its instate rival for the ninth time in 11 games. It was also Indiana's 12th straight conference win at home - its longest such streak since winning 31 in a row between 1991-95.
  • NO. 14 N.C. STATE 92, WAKE FOREST 82:
    Cameron Bennerman made all 12 free throws on his way to a career-high 26 points, and Engin Atsur tied a season high with 18 for visiting North Carolina State.
    Ilian Evtimov added 13 points for the Wolfpack (15-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who improved to 12-0 at home. They also avoided their first losing streak of the season after a loss at No. 1 Duke on Wednesday.
    Ben Woodside scored 24 points and visiting North Dakota State upset Wisconsin, snapping the Badgers' 27-game winning streak at home against nonconference opponents.
    Maureece Rice came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points and J.R. Pinnock added 13 to lead visiting George Washington.
  • NO. 19 OHIO STATE 75, PENN STATE 64: Ron Lewis scored 15 points and Je'Kel Foster added 13 and nine rebounds as visiting Ohio State pulled away in the second half.
  • NO. 21 BOSTON COLLEGE 65, MIAMI 61: Craig Smith had 18 points and 14 rebounds to help visiting Boston College win its third straight.
    Nik Caner-Medley scored a season-high 23 points and Maryland used a strong second half to win its 14th straight game at home.
  • NO. 25 OKLAHOMA 60, TEXAS TECH 48: Michael Neal scored 15 points and hit four 3-pointers in the final 4 minutes to help visiting Oklahoma fend off Texas Tech's second-half rally.
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