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Pitt women rout Seton Hall

| Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Shavonte Zellous scored 29 points to lead the No. 25 Pitt women's basketball team to a 76-40 victory over Seton Hall on Tuesday night.

It was the second straight blowout victory for the Panthers (13-4, 3-2 Big East), who moved back into the Top 25 for the first time in two weeks on Monday. Pitt defeated South Florida, 79-47, on Saturday.

The Panthers used runs of 10-0 and 11-0 to take a 42-17 halftime lead.

Zellous, the nation's No. 2 scorer with a 23.8 average, had 16 points in the first half.

Sophronia Sallard had 12 points for Pitt and Shayla Scott had 10.

Candice Green had nine points for Seton Hall (13-5, 2-4), which fell to 8-107 all-time against ranked teams.

No. 21 Rutgers 60, West Virginia 44 — In Piscataway, N.J., Epiphanny Prince scored 24 points, and Rutgers held West Virginia without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes.

The Scarlet Knights (11-5, 3-2 Big East) were trailing, 8-6, after Ashley Powell's 3-pointer with 13 minutes left in the first half. Rutgers then went on a 20-5 run over the next 10 minutes holding West Virginia without a field goal. Prince had 11 points during the spurt, starting it with a three-point play. Her free throws with 3:17 left in the half gave Rutgers a 26-13 lead.

West Virginia was 0 for 5 with seven turnovers during the run.

Sarah Miles finally ended the drought with a layup, but at that point the Mountaineers (11-7, 0-5) were down by double digits. They could only get within eight points in the second half.

Takisha Granberry had 13 points for West Virginia.

Men

Penn St. 73, Michigan 58 — The formula for Penn State's success this season has been simple: Forward Jamelle Cornley scores inside, while Talor Battle and Stanley Pringle control the backcourt.

Michigan found that out the hard way last night at University Park.

Cornley had 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Nittany Lions early before outside shooting from Battle and Pringle helped Penn State pull away in the second half of an easy victory.

"We knew early in the game that if we were effective around the bucket, it would help us in the exterior, and that's exactly what happened," said Cornley, Penn State's senior captain.

Battle scored 15 points, Pringle had 12 and Danny Morrissey added 11 points and a defensive spark off the bench for Penn State. The Nittany Lions (15-5, 4-3 Big Ten) are off to their best conference start since 1999-2000.

DeShawn Sims had 21 points and 11 rebounds for cold-shooting Michigan, which lost its third straight. The Wolverines shot 22-of-56 (39 percent) on the night, including just 2 of 16 from 3-point range in the first half.

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