Men's Basketball Roundup - Feb. 17

The BIG EAST's 20-win club grew by two members Wednesday as Cincinnati and Connecticut scored victories against top-25 teams. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, increased its lead in the BIG EAST standings to two games with a solid road victory. Cincinnati picked up what might have been its best win of the season with a 63-54 victory against Louisville in which the Bearcats were wire-to-wire leaders. Guard Cashmere Wright scored 20 points, while forward Sean Kilpatrick came off the bench to score 18, helping the Bearcats reach the 20-win mark for the first time since the 2005-06 season. Cincinnati improved to 20-6 overall and 7-6 in the BIG EAST with the win, while Louisville fell to 19-7 overall and 8-5 in conference play. The Cardinals were led by forward Terrence Jennings, who had 14 points. Connecticut (20-5, 8-5 BIG EAST) has 20 wins for the 20th time in Jim Calhoun's 25 years in Storrs after the Huskies scored a 78-70 win against Georgetown at the XL Center. Guard Kemba Walker, whose season has been a virtual highlight reel, turned in what might have been his most impressive performance of the season with 31 points and 10 assists to go with seven rebounds. Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, who entered the game averaging 5.4 points, scored 23 against the Hoyas on 8-of-11 shooting. Georgetown, which saw an eight-game winning streak snapped, got 19 points from guard Chris Wright. The Hoyas fell to 20-6 overall and 9-5 in BIG EAST play. Pittsburgh found itself in a one-point game against USF at the Petersen Events Center, but the Panthers used a 14-2 run late in the second half to pull away for a 67-55 win. It was the 212th win for Pitt coach Jamie Dixon, who is one shy of Roy Williams and Everett Case for the most wins in a coach's first eight seasons in Division I. Forward Nasir Robinson and guard Brad Wanamaker scored 13 points each for the Panthers, who hold a two-game lead against second-place Notre Dame in the BIG EAST standings. The Panthers are 24-2 overall and 12-1 in the BIG EAST. USF (8-19, 2-12 BIG EAST) was led by guard Shaun Noriega, who had 11 points. The only game on Thursday's BIG EAST schedule has DePaul headed to Providence for a 9 p.m. Eastern start on ESPN2. The Friars have won four straight in the series against the Blue Demons.