Dan Connor isn't the only standout defensive player at Penn State. There are some good ones on the men's basketball team as well.

Three days after limiting Princeton to the second-lowest points-against total in school history with a 61-38 victory, the Nittany Lions held Denver to the third-lowest total, posting a 60-39 win in State College yesterday.

The Pioneers (3-5) went 9 minutes, 59 seconds without a point in the first period, missing six field goals and making eight turnovers.

During the span, the Nittany Lions raced to a 21-6 lead before building a 26-10 lead at the half. Denver finished 12 of 40 from the floor.

Mike Walker scored 14 points, and Geary Claxton added 13 points, nine rebounds and a pair of steals to lead Penn State (6-4).

Pittsburgh 85, Oklahoma State 68 -

DeJuan Blair and Sam Young teamed up inside to help the No. 11 Panthers open an 18-point lead at halftime on their way to a home win over the Cowboys (5-4).

The Panthers are 10-0 for the fifth season in a row under coach Jamie Dixon after finding a way to handle the Cowboys, who kept them out of the NCAA regional finals four seasons ago and also beat them, 95-89, in double overtime last season.

Blair finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocked shots and two steals, while Young had 15 points. The Panthers shot 17 of 25, 68 percent, in the first half and 27 of 49 overall.

Purdue 67, Louisville 59 -

Chris Kramer and Purdue left Rick Pitino waiting once again: Kramer scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half as the Boilermakers (6-2) beat the No. 20 Cardinals (5-3) in the John Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis.

It was Pitino's second shot at win No. 500. The Cardinals lost at home to Dayton a week earlier. "Why talk about insignificant things?" Pitino said after the setback.

Robbie Hummel had 15 points for Purdue. Louisville sorely missed Derrick Caracter, who was suspended for breaking curfew.

Memphis 65, Middle Tennessee 41 -

Joey Dorsey, Robert Dozier and Shawn Taggart scored 11 points apiece as the No. 2 Tigers shook off the rust from an 11-day break by beating the Blue Raiders (3-6) at home.

Dorsey also had a team-high 12 rebounds.

With the victory, the Tigers improved to 8-0 and matched their best start since the 1995-96 season.

Kansas 88, Ohio 51 -

Brandon Rush drained his first three three-pointers and helped Mario Chalmers spark an early 19-0 run as the No. 3 Jayhawks (10-0) ripped the Bobcats (6-3) in their first appearance in the new Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Rush, who had been easing back into action following knee surgery, made his first start. He cooled off after his hot start but still wound up with 13 points. Meanwhile, guard Sherron Collins had 17 points as he made his second appearance after missing six games while healing a stress fracture in his foot.

Kansas is 10-0 for the 11th time in school history.

Texas 96, Texas State 81 -

The Bobcats (5-4) tried to run with the No. 4 Longhorns (10-0), but ultimately were left behind in Austin.

Playing at a frenetic pace, Texas State led by 37-36 late in the first half, but was outgunned in the second. Connor Atchley scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Longhorns.

Georgetown 110, Radford 51 -

Freshman Austin Freeman (8-0) scored 21 to lead the Hoyas, who had a double-digit lead after 31/2 minutes against the Highlanders (4-7) in Washington in a first half that featured several scuffles and two double technicals.

Late in the game, Georgetown basketball fans began chanting "We want Memphis!" - a look-ahead to Saturday's game on the road against the No. 2 Tigers.

UCLA 89, Idaho State 49 -

Ben Howland earned his 100th victory as UCLA coach as the No. 8 Bruins (9-1) stomped the Bengals (2-7) in Los Angeles.

Darren Collison scored 20 points to lead UCLA.

Michigan State 79, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne 57 -

Drew Neitzel scored 18 points to lead the No. 9 Spartans past the Mastodons (4-5) at home in East Lansing.

Marquise Gray had a season-high 15 points for Michigan State. Jakari Johnson had 17 points to lead IPFW.

Marquette 82, Sacramento State 51 -

The No. 10 Golden Eagles (7-1) opened in Milwaukee with a 14-0 run against the Hornets, and were never seriously challenged.

"Two years ago we might not have came out like that - last year, I'm not sure, it was a tossup," said Marquette guard Wesley Matthews (12 points). "This year, we're older, we're wiser, and we're just ready to play."

Tennessee 88, Western Kentucky 82 -

Freshman Brian Williams scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the No. 12 Vols (9-1) held off the Hilltoppers (7-3) in Nashville.

It was a big victory for the Volunteers, who improved to 1,400-904-2 all-time, the fourth-most wins in Southeastern Conference history.

Indiana 100, Western Carolina 52 -

Returning from a tailbone injury, freshman star Eric Gordon scored 26 points as the No. 13 Hoosiers (9-1) clobbered the Catamounts (3-6) in Bloomington, Ind.

D.J. White had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Hoosiers.

Butler 79, Florida State 68 -

A.J. Graves scored 25 points to lead the No. 18 Bulldogs (9-1) over the Seminoles (9-3) in the John Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis.

The win got Butler back on track after a loss last weekend to Wright State while snapping Florida State's six-game winning streak.

Brigham Young 86, Pepperdine 67 -

Lee Cummard had 21 points and Trent Plaisted had 18 points and 19 rebounds as the No. 25 Cougars (9-2) surged in the second half to put away the Waves (5-7) in Provo, Utah.

The win was the 37th in a row at home for BYU.

Elsewhere: Alabama-Birmingham

got 33 points from Robert Vaden in edging underachieving

Kentucky

, 79-76, in Louisville. . . . Longar Longar and Austin Johnson scored 17 points apiece and combined to lead a late run as host

Oklahoma

pulled away from

Arkansas

for an 83-72 win. . . . Dan Werner had 20 points and 14 rebounds, both career highs, to lift host

Florida

by

Georgia Southern

, 52-49. . . . Jazz Williams kept

Southern

close with 14 points, but

Auburn

prevailed, 71-63, in Mobile, Ala.

Hitting 15 treys,

Syracuse

set a school record for field-goal percentage in a game by shooting 75.8 percent in a 125-75 home win over

East Tennessee State

. . . . Coach Bob Huggins got his 599th win as host

West Virginia

beat

Maryland-Baltimore County

by 86-62. . . . Antoine Agudio had 30 points and 10 rebounds as

Hofstra

upset

Charlotte

, 70-68, in Hempstead, N.Y.

"I don't like pulling against Knight," said Steve Alford after he coached host

New Mexico

past Bob Knight (his former Indiana coach) and

Texas Tech

, 80-63. . . . Giordan Watson had 22 points, and

Central Michigan

forced 23 turnovers in a 78-67 upset of

Michigan

in Ann Arbor. . . .

Ohio State

shot 71 percent from the field in a 87-43 home torching of

Presbyterian

. . . . A 17-0 run fueled

Wisconsin

's 70-52 win over

Wisconsin-Green Bay

in Madison.

Charron Fisher (Roman Catholic) piled up 30 points and 14 rebounds as

Niagara

beat

St. John's

, 77-73, in New York. . . . Frank Turner (Atlantic City) contributed 17 points and 13 assists as

Canisius

routed

Coastal Carolina

, 88-62, in Buffalo. . . . James Ulrich (Camden Catholic) led the way with 23 points and Durell Vinson (St. Augustine Prep) pulled down 17 rebounds as

Wagner

beat

Maryland-Eastern Shore

, 105-86, in New York. . . . Tywain McKee (Bartram) had 12 points, but

Coppin State

never had a prayer against host

Dayton

, losing by 66-34.

In the region

Rider 76, Monmouth 55 -

Jason Thompson led all scorers with 19 points, and Harris Mansell added 13 as the Broncs (7-4) blew past the Hawks (2-8) in West Long Branch, N.J.

Thompson also led all rebounders with nine, while his twin brother, Ryan, grabbed eight.

Elizabethtown 79, Rutgers-Camden 51

- Mike Schatzmann scored 18 points to keep the Blue Jays unbeaten (9-0) with a triumph over the Scarlet Raptors (2-7) in Elizabethtown, Pa.

Chad Piersol added 16 points for the Jays; Brandon Canty had 11 points for Rutgers-Camden.

Holy Family 80, Chowan

59

- Mike Sturns had 29 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and five steals to lead the Tigers (6-3) over the Hawks (4-5) in Northeast Philadelphia.

College of New Jersey 83, Cabrini 62

- Mark Aziz had 17 points, and Jeff Molinelli added 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lions (2-4) over the Crusaders (3-6) in Ewing, N.J. Randy Reid had 11 points for Cabrini.

Cheyney 69, Lincoln 57

- Dawad Morris led four Cheyney players in double figures with 15 points in the win by the Wolves (3-2) at Temple's McGonigle Hall. It was Cheyney's first win in four seasons over Lincoln (1-11), which got 18 points from Dante Blanton-Holcombe.

Eastern 86, Delaware Valley 69

- Matt Flanagan led a balanced Eagle (2-3) scoring attack with 16 points in the non-conference win in Doylestown. Jason Seipt paced the Aggies (0-9) with 16 points and seven assists.

New York Tech 64, Chestnut Hill 48 -

Julian McFadden had a game-high 14 points, but the Griffins (0-6) hit only 12 of 62 shots in losing to the Bears (5-3) in Philadelphia.