PITTSBURGH -- Ontario Lett scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 6 Pittsburgh to a 72-55 victory over No. 5 Notre Dame on Monday night.
Notre Dame was held scoreless for nearly nine minutes as Pitt turned a 42-38 deficit into a 54-42 lead with 9:12 remaining.
Brandin Knight had 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals, and he and Julius Page held Notre Dame's Chris Thomas to five points on 2-of-15 shooting. Thomas was averaging 17.4 points.
Troutman had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers (11-1), who had a 51-30 rebounding edge in the Big East opener for both teams.
Matt Carroll had 31 points for the Fighting Irish (12-2).
No. 14 Kansas 83, Iowa St. 54
AMES, Iowa -- Nick Collison scored a career-high 31 points as the Jayhawks opened defense of their Big 12 title.
Kansas (10-3) won its 12th straight conference opener and extended its record winning streak in Big 12 regular-season games to 21.
Collison was 11-of-15 from the field, including a 3-pointer, in topping his previous best of 28 points against Missouri last season. Keith Langford added 15 points for the Jayhawks and Aaron Miles scored 13.
Jared Homan had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cyclones (10-2, 0-1), who suffered their worst loss at Hilton Coliseum, which opened in 1971.
No. 1 Duke 69, Clemson 53
DURHAM, N.C. -- Alana Beard scored 16 of her 26 points in the second half to rally top-ranked Duke to a 69-53 victory Monday night over Clemson in the Blue Devils' Atlantic Coast Conference opener.
Beard scored six of Duke's first nine points in the second half and had 13 boards to help the Blue Devils outrebound the Tigers 39-32. Iciss Tillis added 19 points for Duke (13-0), getting 12 during a span of 6:19 as the Blue Devils pulled away in the second half after trailing 31-28 at the break.
No. 17 Penn St. 83, No. 9 Minnesota 53
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Kelly Mazzante scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half, when Penn State took control with a 10-0 run that helped knock Minnesota from the ranks of the undefeated.
The run gave the Lady Lions (11-3, 2-0 Big Ten) a 27-17 lead with 4:20 left in the half. Mazzante hit a 3-pointer during the run and scored nine more in the final 6:15 of the half.
Lindsay Whalen had 22 points for Minnesota (12-1, 1-1).
Michigan St. 67, No. 7 Purdue 62
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Lindsay Bowen hit a 3-pointer with 24.5 seconds remaining, and finished with 21 points as Michigan State rallied to upset Purdue.
Bowen had five 3-pointers and made two free throws with 4.1 seconds to go to seal the victory for the Spartans (7-5, 1-1 Big Ten). She was perfect on six free throws, extending her streak to 32 in a row.
Liz Shimek added 19 points and nine rebounds for Michigan Sate, which overcame a six-point deficit three times in the second half.
Shereka Wright led the Boilermakers (11-2, 0-1) with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 11 Arkansas 75, Louisiana-Lafayette 57
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Shameka Christon scored a season-high 28 points, and Arkansas defeated determined but turnover-plagued Louisiana-Lafayette.
Christon gave the Lady Razorbacks (12-3) their first 20-point lead over the Ragin' Cajuns with 7:11 left.
Charlotte Green scored 22 points to lead Louisiana-Lafayette (3-8), which stayed close for most of the game despite 23 turnovers.
No. 14 Vanderbilt 78, Duquesne 56
PITTSBURGH -- Jenni Benningfield had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Chantelle Anderson added 20 points on 10-of-11 shooting for Vanderbilt.
The Commodores (10-3) also got 13 points and 10 assists from Ashley McElhiney.
Duquesne (7-5) was led by Beth Friday with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Aiga Bautre added 11 points.
No. 14 Mississippi St. 72, UAB 50
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Tan White had 13 of her 15 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer that put Mississippi State in front to stay.
White's 3-pointer broke a 6-6 tie with 14:55 remaining in the first half. But Mississippi State (11-2) led just 37-31 with 18:22 remaining when it went on an 11-3 run.
Seneca Anderson's layup with 14:54 to go made it 48-34, and UAB (4-9) never got any closer. Michelle Smith led the Blazers with 15 points.
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