Pitt whips St. John’s, awaits Georgetown
NEW YORK | Ashton Gibbs scored 20 points to lead Pittsburgh to a 73-59 victory over St. John’s on Tuesday in the opening round of the Big East tournament.
Gibbs scored the first seven points of a 13-2 run to close the first half that gave Pittsburgh a 33-28 lead. Nasir Robinson scored on a rebound to give the 13th-seeded Panthers a 43-32 lead with 15:07 left, and the Red Storm never were closer than nine points the rest of the game.
Robinson went 6 of 6 from the field and scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half for the Panthers (17-15), who play fifth-seeded and 13th-ranked Georgetown in the second round Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.
Moe Harkless had 25 points for the 12th-seeded Red Storm (13-19), who closed the season with three straight losses, one of them an 89-69 defeat at Pittsburgh six days ago.
CONNECTICUT 81, DEPAUL 67: Jeremy Lamb scored 25 points and Ryan Boatright added 19 to lead Connecticut over Depaul.
The ninth-seeded Huskies (19-12) will play eighth-seeded West Virginia in the second round Wednesday.
Connecticut, the defending Big East tournament and national champion, had coach Jim Calhoun back on the bench for the second game. He had back surgery just eight days ago after missing eight games, of which the Huskies won only three.
SETON HALL 79, PROVIDENCE 47: Senior guard Jordan Theodore set a career high with 13 assists to go with 13 points, and freshman forward Brandon Mobley scored a career-high 16 off the bench as the 10th-seeded Pirates (20-11) blew out the Friars (15-17), who lost 15 of their last 19 games. (10-21) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Pittsburgh’s Ashton Gibbs looks to shoot while St. John’s God’sgift Achiuwa watches. Gibbs scored 20 points in the Panthers’ 73-59 Big East tournament victory.