No. 6 Connecticut 92, Pitt 67
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Richard Hamilton scored 31 points as No. 6 Connecticut bounced back from a disappointing loss with a 92-67 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Hamilton, a sophomore, came into the game as the Big East’s second-leading scorer at 21.7 points a game.
Freshman Khalid El-Amin added 15 points and sophomore Kevin Freeman had 14 for the Huskies (22-4, 11-3), who lost 80-62 at No. 15 West Virginia on Wednesday.
UConn outrebounded Pittsburgh 50-42 with Jake Voskhul leading the Huskies with 12.
Ricardo Greer had 20 points for the Panthers (8-13, 3-10), while Isaac Hawkins had 13 rebounds.
El-Amin scored 11 of UConn’s first 21 points as the Huskies took a 21-12 lead over the first eight minutes. The lead grew to 28-12 before the Panthers settled down.
Pittsburgh closed the gap to 37-28 on a 3-pointer by Hawkins with 5:32 left before the Huskies went on an 11-6 run to take a 48-34 halftime lead.
Hamilton had five points to key a 10-1 run to start the second half as the Huskies increased their lead to 58-35.