|Top 25 Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 11 January 2009 12:36|
DeJuan Blair scored 23 points and cleaned up inside with 15 rebounds as Pittsburgh, playing its first game as the nation's top-ranked basketball team, pulled away in the second half for a 90-67 win on Sunday over St. John's, one of the few Big East Conference members not among the Top 25.
Leading by just five points at halftime, Pitt (15-0, 3-0 Big East) clamped down on defense and found its shooting range, knocking down three 3-pointers in a 17-6 spurt in the first seven minutes of the second half.
D.J. Kennedy, who won a Pennsylvania state high school title as Blair's teammate, scored 18 for the Red Storm (10-5, 1-2).
After a 60-year wait, the Panthers took the floor perched atop The Associated Press Top 25 poll.
No. 16 Xavier 86, Fordham 60
NEW YORK (AP) - B.J. Raymond scored 18 points to lead six Xavier players in double figures. It was the fourth straight victory for Xavier (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10), which shot a season-best 53.8 percent from the field (28-for-52) and finished with a 45-29 rebound advantage.
Holloway and Brad Redford had 11 each and C.J. Anderson added 10 for the Musketeers, who have beaten Fordham five straight times.
Alberto Estwick had 20 points for Fordham (2-12, 0-2), which has lost five straight games.