Kemba Walker had 31 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to lead No. 13 Connecticut to a 78-70 victory over No. 9 Georgetown last night in Hartford, snapping the Hoyas' eight-game winning streak.
Jamal Coombs-McDaniel had 23 points in his second straight big game for the Huskies (20-5, 8-5 Big East), who had lost three of their last five, including two at home.
Chris Wright had 19 points for the Hoyas (20-6, 9-5), who went on their winning streak after starting conference play 1-4.
Walker had a highlight reel full of incredible drives to the basket, with the 6-1 junior going under, around and sometimes it seemed through bigger defenders.
Georgetown's last lead was at 70-69 on a basket by Austin Freeman with 4:01 left. But that was the Hoyas' last field goal of the game as the Huskies closed on a 9-0 run with Walker scoring the first three points of it.
Embattled junior forward Yancy Gates added eight points and six rebounds for the Bearcats (20-6, 7-6 Big East), who smothered the Cardinals to reach the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2006.
Terrence Jennings led Louisville (19-7, 8-5) with 12 points, but the Cardinals turned it over 15 times and never got into a rhythm in the face of Cincinnati's tough defense.
Louisville shot 47 percent from the floor but made just four of 17 three-pointers.
Pittsburgh 67, USF 55: Nasir Robinson and Brad Wanamaker each had 13 points and No. 4 Pittsburgh pulled away over the final 10 minutes at home. The Panthers (24-2, 12-1) won for the 14th time in 15 games and took a two-game lead in the Big East. - AP