Connecticut’s Hasheem Thabeet fights for a loose ball as South Florida’s Aris Williams watches in the second half of a Big East basketball game in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday. Thabeet had 21 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots as the top-ranked Huskies won 64-50.AP photo
HARTFORD, Conn. — Hasheem Thabeet had 21 points and nine rebounds as No. 1 Connecticut bounced back from its second loss of the season with a 64-50 victory over South Florida on Saturday.
The 7-foot-3 junior blocked six shots and showed no ill effects from a hyperextended shoulder when he was flipped by Pittsburgh’s DeJuan Blair in the Huskies’ 76-68 loss on Monday.
A.J. Price had 11 points and Jeff Adrien had nine points and 15 rebounds for UConn (25-2, 13-2 Big East), which reached the 25-win mark for the 11th time in the last 20 years.
Augustus Gilchrist scored 15 points to lead South Florida (8-18, 3-11), which lost its fourth straight.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Greivis Vasquez recorded Maryland’s first triple-double since 1987, and the Terrapins rallied from a 16-point deficit to end the Tar Heels’ 10-game winning streak.
Vasquez had a career-high 35 points and 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The junior guard hit a key three-pointer with 1:15 left and made two free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining to put Maryland up 88-85.
After North Carolina’s Ty Lawson lost the ball while heading toward the basket just before the buzzer, many of the 17,950 fans stormed the court to celebrate the unlikely upset.
PITTSBURGH — DeJuan Blair outmuscled DePaul inside for 20 points and 18 rebounds while setting No. 4 Pittsburgh’s two-game record for rebounds, and the Panthers pulled away early in the second half.
Blair, averaging 20 points during a seven-game Pitt winning streak, followed up his dominating 22-point, 23-rebound effort in Pitt’s 76-68 win at No. 1 Connecticut on Monday with a similar can’t-stop-me show, gathering 13 rebounds in the first 13 minutes and 16 by halftime.
Blair’s 41 rebounds in successive games surpass the previous Pitt record of 38 by former NBA player Jerome Lane.
EL PASO, Texas — Tyreke Evans scored 25 points and Memphis extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games with the Tigers’ 53rd consecutive Conference USA win.
Evans was 9-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, for the Tigers (24-3, 12-0), who last lost in December. Memphis’ last conference loss was to UAB on March 2, 2006.
Stefon Jackson had 24 points for the Miners (16-10, 7-5).
Evans put the game out of reach with two free throws with 12 seconds to play.
CINCINNATI — Terrence Williams scored 20 points and Louisville dominated up front.
Williams, who was hobbled by a sprained right wrist for three games, had 20 points and five assists for the Cardinals (21-5, 12-2 Big East) and started a decisive 12-2 run in the second half.
Alvin Mitchell scored 14 points for Cincinnati (17-10, 7-7), which fell to 1-5 against ranked teams.
WASHINGTON — Wesley Matthews was 9-for-16 from the field, including a career-high five three-pointers on eight attempts, and scored 23 points for Marquette.
Jerel McNeal added 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds while playing all 40 minutes, and Lazar Hayward had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Golden Eagles (23-4, 12-2 Big East), who committed only six turnovers and shot 48 percent from the field.
Chris Wright had 17 points for Georgetown, which was a top 10 team last month, but the Hoyas (14-11, 5-9) have lost seven of nine.
BOULDER, Colo. — Leo Lyons, who missed Missouri’s 45-point blowout of Colorado last month while serving a one-game suspension after his arrest on traffic violations, had 13 points and 15 rebounds for his third double-double of the season in the rematch.
The Tigers (23-4, 10-2 Big 12) reached double figures in conference wins for the first time in nine years.
For a few minutes, it looked as if it was going to be a repeat of Missouri’s 107-62 rout of the Buffs last month in Columbia, Mo. The Buffaloes (9-17, 1-11) fell behind 10-1 before rallying behind Austin Dufault, who had 15 points.
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Sherron Collins had 22 points and Cole Aldrich added 18 points and 12 rebounds as Kansas pulled away in the second half.
Collins didn’t have a turnover for the second straight game and Kansas (22-5, 11-1 Big 12) extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 39 games, setting up a showdown with No. 2 Oklahoma on Monday.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — E’Twaun Moore scored a season-high 26 points for Purdue.
Moore was 5-of-6 from three-point range after going 2-of-16 from there the previous five games. JaJuan Johnson had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Boilermakers (21-6, 10-4 Big Ten), who won their fourth straight.
Purdue had its highest scoring output in conference play and shot 57 percent from the field, its second-best effort of the season.
LOS ANGELES — Taylor Rochestie scored a career-high 33 points to lead Washington State to the upset.
The senior guard had five rebounds, four assists, five three-pointers and made all of his 10 free throws to lead the Cougars (14-13, 6-9 Pac-10) to their second win in 53 games in Los Angeles.
Freshman Klay Thompson scored 15 points, all in the first half, and added five rebounds and five assists for Washington State.
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 27 points and Butler took advantage of an ailing, cold-shooting Stephen Curry to snap a two-game losing streak.
Returning after missing the first game of his career with a sprained left ankle, Curry started 0-for-8 from the field. He scored 20 points, but it came on 6-of-23 shooting, including 2-of-13 from three-point range.
Butler (23-4) broke open a close game early in the second half to send Davidson (22-6) to its second straight loss.
LOS ANGELES — Quincy Pondexter scored a season-high 22 points and No.22 Washington defeated Southern California.
Pondexter, who shot 10-for-13 from the field, had eight points in the last 5 1/2 minutes to lead the Huskies (20-7,11-4 Pac-10). Justin Dentmon had eight points and Venoy Overton added seven.
Daniel Hackett and Dwight Lewis scored 11 points each for the Trojans (16-10, 7-7).