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Pittsburgh comes alive to trip Notre Dame

February 8, 2004

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— Carl Krauser scored 19 points, Julius Page had 17 and No. 4 Pittsburgh overcame a 13-point first-half deficit Saturday to beat Notre Dame, 66-58.

With Torin Francis, Notre Dame's best big man, sitting out most of the game because of back spasms, the Panthers dominated inside, with Krauser and Page driving the lane repeatedly and Jaron Brown adding 11 points. Page, who was averaging just nine points on 32 percent shooting the last eight games, was 7-of-13 shooting against the Irish.

The victory ended a five-game losing streak for Pitt (22-1, 8-1 Big East) at Notre Dame. The Irish (10-9, 4-5) have lost three straight, six of their last eight, and are within a loss of .500 in February for the first time since the 1998-99 season, John MacLeod's last season as coach.

No. 5 Connecticut 88,

West Virginia 58

Storrs, Conn. -- Emeka Okafor had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for Connecticut (19-3, 7-1 Big East). Charlie Villanueva added 16 points, all in the first half. Kevin Pittsnogle led West Virginia (12-8, 4-5) with 17 points.

No. 6 Louisville 73, UAB 55

Louisville, Ky. -- Luke Whitehead had 13 points and 18 rebounds, helping Louisville snap a two-game losing streak. Larry O'Bannon added 15 points for the Cardinals (17-3, 7-2 Conference USA).

No. 7 Mississippi State 80, Mississippi 56

Starkville, Miss. -- Lawrence Roberts scored 24 points and made 14 of 18 free throws to lead Mississippi State to its sixth straight victory. The Tigers (19-1, 8-1 Southeastern) also have won six in a row against Mississippi (11-9, 3-6).

No. 8 Gonzaga 87,

Loyola Marymount 57

Spokane, Wash. -- Blake Stepp had 16 points and 10 assists to pace Gonzaga (19-2, 9-0 West Coast Conference), which has won 18 of the past 19 games against Loyola Marymount (11-11, 2-7).

No. 9 Kentucky 65,

No. 25 South Carolina 64

Lexington, Ky. -- Erik Daniels had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Kentucky (16-3, 6-2 Southeastern) used a late defensive stand to hold off South Carolina.

Mike Boynton and Carlos Powell had 12 points apiece for South Carolina.

No. 10 Cincinnati 54, Houston 51

Houston -- Jason Maxiell scored 14 points, including a dunk and two free throws in the final 1:25, and Cincinnati (16-3, 7-2 Conference USA) ended a two-game losing streak.

No. 15 Georgia Tech 77, Tennessee 62

Knoxville, Tenn. -- Marvin Lewis scored 24 points, and B.J. Elder added 20 for Georgia Tech (17-5).

No. 21 Florida 81, Vandy 71

Gainesville, Fla. -- Matt Walsh made all 14 of his free throws and scored 25 points to help the Gators (14-6, 5-4 SEC).

No. 23 Providence 74,

No. 18 Syracuse 61

Providence, R.I. -- Donnie McGrath hit four three-pointers in the second half, and Providence (15-6, 6-3 Big East) pulled away. Hakim Warrick led Syracuse (14-5, 4-4) with 10 points.

No. 24 Utah State 63,

UC Santa Barbara 54

Logan, Utah -- Nate Harris scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds, and Utah State (19-1, 11-0 Big West) extended its winning streak to 16.

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