Dragicevich, Irish throttle Panthers
Alex Dragicevich hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 22 points to lead Notre Dame to a 72-59 win over No. 22 Pittsburgh last night in the Big East opener for both teams at South Bend, Ind.
Jerian Grant added 15 points and nine assists, and Eric Atkins also scored 15 points for the Fighting Irish who trailed, 26-25, at intermission but rallied with a 18-for-25 performance from the field in the second half.
The loss was Pitt’s second straight after a 59-54 loss to Wagner at home Friday, while Notre Dame extended its home winning streak to 28 games.
Talib Zanna had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers, who shot 40 percent from the field (24 for 60). Nasir Robinson and Ashton Gibbs each added 12 points for Pitt.
Wisconsin 64, Nebraska 40 - Ryan Evans scored a career-high 22 points and the 11th-ranked Badgers defeated the injury-plagued Cornhuskers in host Nebraska’s inaugural Big Ten game.
The Huskers closed within 5 points early in the second half, but the Badgers went on a 27-5 run to put the game out of reach.
Virginia 69, Maryland-Eastern Shore 42 - Mike Scott scored 10 of his 17 points during a 12-point spurt early in the second half and the 23d-ranked Cavaliers overcame a sluggish start and beat the Hawks in Charlottesville, Va.
Darion Atkins added 13 points and Joe Harris 10 points for Virginia, off to an 11-1 start for the first time since the 2000-01 season.
St. John’s 91, Providence 67 - Freshmen Moe Harkless and D’Angelo Harrison had season highs of 32 and 25 points, and the host Red Storm opened Big East play by snapping the Friars’ seven-game winning streak.
Gerard Coleman had 20 points for the Friars who had won three straight road games.