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 PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -Sam Young had 18 points and Brad Wanamaker scored 13 of his career-high 15 in the second half to help No. 3 Pittsburgh beat Rutgers 78-72 on Wednesday in the Big East opener for both teams.
The Panthers (13-0, 1-0) kept up their best start since going 15-0 in the 2005-06 season.
Rutgers led 55-50 midway through the second half. Wanamaker then scored five points in a 9-0 run as the Panthers pulled away.
Wanamaker led a bench that outscored Rutgers' reserves 31-9. Levance Fields and Gilbert Brown each had 11 points, Jermaine Dixon added 10 and Tyrell Biggs had 10 rebounds.
Mike Rosario had 22 points for Rutgers (9-5, 0-1). Anthony Farmer had 20 and Corey Chandler 17.
No. 5 Duke 92, Loyola of Maryland 51
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Singler scored 20 points to help fifth-ranked Duke beat Loyola of Maryland despite playing much of the game without starting point guard Nolan Smith.
-knee injury, leaving the sophomore to spend most of the day sitting on the bench and wearing an ice bag on his knee.
Still, Duke had too much depth and size against the smaller Greyhounds (4-9), taking a double-digit lead in the first 6 minutes and never looking back.
No. 10 Michigan State 70, Minnesota 58
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 24 points, Chris Allen added 13 and Michigan State handed Minnesota its first loss of the season.
In the Big Ten opener for both teams, Michigan State (10-2) wore down Minnesota by repeatedly attacking the basket and clogging the lane defensively. The Spartans outrebounded the Gophers 49-27 and outscored them 28-18 in the paint. Meanwhile, Minnesota (12-1) shot a season-low 39.6-percent from the floor, often settling for long-range jumpers.
The game was tied at 30 early in the second half before the Spartans outscored the Gophers 18-6. Minnesota struggled to play catch-up the rest of the way.
Goran Suton had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Michigan State, while Raymar Morgan had 10 and 10.
Wisconsin 73, No. 23 Michigan 61
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Marcus Landry and Trevon Hughes each scored 16 points and Wisconsin beat Michigan.
gan State in February 2007.
Freshman Zack Novak scored a season-high 20 points and DeShawn Sims had 14 for the Wolverines (10-3).
Manny Harris, who came into the game as the Wolverines' leading scorer at nearly 20 points per game, was held to nine points.
No. 24 Ohio State 68, Iowa 65
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jon Diebler scored a career-high 27 points and Evan Turner hit three late free throws to lead Ohio State past Iowa.
In a physical game between two of the nation's top defensive teams, the Buckeyes (10-1) built an early lead, lost it, regained it, and then barely had enough to hang on at the finish.
Matt Gatens, who led the Hawkeyes (10-4) with 22 points, missed a tying 3-pointer with 9 seconds remaining. After a wild scramble for the loose ball, the Buckeyes grabbed it and made a long pass to melt away the final few seconds.
 

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