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Gibbs leads No. 6 Pitt over No. 4 Connecticut

| December 28, 2010 8:00 PM

Ashton Gibbs scored 21 points as host Pittsburgh's balance overcame Kemba Walker's one-man offense for No. 4 Connecticut, and the No. 6 Panthers easily won the Big East's first matchup of Top 10 teams by 78-63 on Monday night.

Walker scored 31 points, but missed 17 of 27 shots as Pittsburgh repeatedly limited the Huskies to a single shot in a possession - often a bad one. The Huskies shot 31.7 percent, 19 of 60, and had only two scorers with more than 5 points until the closing minutes in the conference opener.

Brad Wanamaker, who took turns with Gibbs shadowing one of the nation's leading scorers, added 14 points as Pittsburgh (13-1) beat Connecticut (10-1) for the fourth straight time and the fifth in six games.

No. 2 Ohio St. 100, Tenn.-Martin 40: At Columbus, Ohio, William Buford scored the first seven points of the game and came out of an offensive funk to finish with 23 to lead Ohio State (13-0) over Tennessee-Martin (4-9).

Deshaun Thomas added 20 points, Jared Sullinger had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and David Lighty and Dallas Lauderdale scored 10 points apiece for the Buckeyes, one of eight remaining Division I unbeatens.

No. 9 Missouri 97, Northern Illinois 61: At Columbia, Mo., Marcus Denmon scored 24 points to lead Missouri (12-1) to a blowout win over Northern Illinois (3-7).

Matt Pressey added a career-high 18 points for Missouri.

No. 22 Louisville 104, Morgan State 74: At Louisville, Ky., Preston Knowles scored a career-high 31 points as Louisville (11-1) routed Morgan State (4-5) in its final tuneup before a showdown with rival Kentucky on Friday.

Kyle Kuric added 25 points and the Cardinals had little trouble with the Bears. Louisville shot 59 percent from the field and forced 26 turnovers to easily win its third straight.

• Duke still No.1: Duke is again a unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25.

The Blue Devils, who have been on top of the poll all season, received all the first-place votes from the 65-member nationwide media panel. Duke's three-week run as a unanimous choice fell one vote short last week, when Ohio State received a first-place vote.

Ohio State, Kansas, Connecticut and Syracuse rounded out the top five.

Gonzaga (7-5), which beat Xavier on Wednesday, and Washington State (10-2) which beat then-No. 4 Baylor last week, each received four votes in the poll.