Greg Monroe delivered 14 points and seven rebounds in his college debut and anchored a suffocating defense that helped No. 22 Georgetown build a lead and then hold on to beat visiting Jacksonville in its opener, 71-62, last night.
Jacksonville (0-2) missed its first eight shots from the field en route to shooting only 28 percent for the first half and 35 percent for the game.
NO. 6 PITTSBURGH 85, MIAMI (OHIO) 53: : Jermaine Dixon hit two three-pointers while scoring nine points during a 16-2 run by the host Panthers (2-0) to start the second half. The RedHawks (1-2) were playing Pitt for the first time in 40 years.
NO. 12 OKLAHOMA 94, MISS. VALLEY STATE 53: : Blake Griffin overcame a sluggish start to finish with 20 points, 19 rebounds and six steals for the host Sooners (2-0) against the Delta Devils (0-3) in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Oklahoma will play No. 21 Davidson tonight in a matchup of preseason All-Americans - Griffin and the Wildcats' Stephen Curry. Davidson (2-0) rolled past James Madison (0-1), 99-64, yesterday.
NO. 16 MARQUETTE 106, CHICAGO STATE 87: : Wesley Matthews scored 26 points and Lazar Hayward added 21 for the host Golden Eagles (2-0) over the Cougars (1-1).
PENN STATE 74, NEW JERSEY TECH 47: : In the Philly Hoop Group Classic, the host Nittany Lions (2-0) sent the Highlanders to their NCAA-record 35th straight loss.
NO. 16 VIRGINIA 83, NO. 5 TENNESSEE 82: : Monica Wright scored 35 and Britnee Milner made a free throw with 6.4 seconds left to lift the Cavaliers (2-0). Shekinna Stricklen missed a jumper with nine seconds left and then fouled Miller, who made one of two free throws for the win. Briana Bass and Glory Johnson scored 13 points each to lead Tennessee (1-1).
NO. 4 NORTH CAROLINA 102, KENNESAW STATE 68: : Jessica Breland scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the host Tar Heels (3-0) in their win over the Lady Owls (1-1).
NO. 9 LOUISVILLE 72, AUSTIN PEAY 42: : Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 15 points and had seven rebounds to lead the host Cardinals (2-0), ranked in the top 10 for the first time, over the Lady Govs (1-1).
NO. 14 TEXAS 78, NO. 25 OLD DOMINION 44: : Brittainey Raven scored Texas' first 12 points and finished with 20 to help the host Longhorns (3-0) win the World Vision Classic over the Lady Monarchs (2-1).