Pitt whips St. John’s, awaits Ge­orge­town

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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