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College basketball: Brown's dunk helps Pitt earn key Big East victory

Pittsburgh's Gilbert Brown dunks over Villanova's Antonio Pena in the  second half of their Big East clash on Sunday. Brown finished with 16 points.
Pittsburgh's Gilbert Brown dunks over Villanova's Antonio Pena in the second half of their Big East clash on Sunday. Brown finished with 16 points.
Keith Srakocic, AP

PITTSBURGH — Ashton Gibbs scored 21 points and No. 19 Pittsburgh upset No. 3 Villanova 70-65 on Sunday.

Gilbert Brown added 16 points, including a thunderous dunk off a baseline move with 1:29 left that gave the Panthers (21-6, 10-4 Big East) a six-point lead.

The first meeting between the two teams since Villanova's dramatic NCAA tournament win last year turned out to be another typical, physical Big East matchup. Last season, star guard Scottie Reynolds' last-second dash to the basket gave the Wildcats a 78-76 win to send them to the Final Four.

This time, the Panthers built up enough of a cushion to prevent Reynolds from repeating his late-game heroics.

Reynolds finished with 20 points, and his three foul shots with 7 seconds left got the Wildcats (22-4, 11-3) within three, but Pitt withstood Villanova's late pressure.

NO. 6 DUKE 67, VIRGINIA TECH 55: At Durham, N. C., Kyle Singler had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Nolan Smith added 23 points and No. 6 Duke pulled away late to beat Virginia Tech. Jon Scheyer had 15 points for the Blue Devils (23-4, 11-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). They used a late 14-4 run to overcome their only deficit of the second half and earn their sixth straight victory. Malcolm Delaney, the ACC's leading scorer, finished with 19 points for Virginia Tech (21-5, 8-4), which fell to 1-17 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. His 3-pointer capped a 13-5 run and put the Hokies up 45-44 with 9:55 left.

NO. 9 OHIO ST. 74, NO. 11 MICHIGAN ST. 67: At East Lansing, Mich., Evan Turner scored 20 points and Ohio State earned a win over Michigan State. William Buford had 17 points for the Buckeyes (21-7, 11-4 Big Ten), who pulled into a second-place tie with Michigan State in the conference. Both teams trail Purdue by a half-game in the conference standings. Durrell Summers scored 16 points for Michigan State (21-7, 11-4), which trailed by 14 points early in the second half. Summers scored seven straight points, including a dunk and a 3-pointer, to give Michigan State a 62-61 lead with 4:05 remaining. Buford hit two free throws to put the Buckeyes back on top 63-62. Turner's jumper gave Ohio State a 65-62 lead with 2:55 left. Jon Diebler hit a 3-pointer with 1:45 left to put the Buckeyes ahead 68-62.

NO. 14 WISCONSIN 70, NORTHWESTERN 63: At Madison, Wisc., Jon Leuer's blocked shot with 11 seconds remaining helped Wisconsin escape with a victory over Northwestern. With Wisconsin leading by three, Leuer went high in the air to block a layup attempt by Northwestern's Michael Thompson — making up for some shaky free throw shooting down the stretch in his second game back from a broken wrist. Jason Bohannon scored 17 points to lead the Badgers (20-7, 10-5 Big Ten), who were coming off a loss at Minnesota and had lost two of their last three games coming into Sunday. John Shurna scored 26 for the Wildcats (17-10, 6-9), who narrowly missed a chance at an impressive road win and have lost three of their last four.