Playing with Rick Pitino's signature style - a little full-court pressure, some timely three-point shooting, high energy at both ends of the court - Louisville made Pitino the 17th active Division I coach with 500 career wins in an 85-75 victory at home over Marshall last night.
Though Pitino received a rousing ovation at the final buzzer, he called the milestone "insignificant" and was more pleased with his team's performance as the Cardinals (6-3) snapped a two-game losing streak
"We tried to suffocate them with our defense," Pitino said. "We were very active."
Earl Clark scored a career-high 23 points to lead Louisville, and Derrick Caracter had 18 points and eight rebounds in his return from a one-game suspension for a curfew violation.
Markel Humphrey had 24 points and Mark Dorris added 21 for Marshall (5-3), but the Thundering Herd went cold in the second half and withered in the face of Louisville's press.
Kansas 71, Georgia Tech 66 - Russell Robinson scored 17 points, becoming the Jayhawks' seventh different leading scorer in 11 games, as No. 3 Kansas (11-0) survived a last-minute scare to remain unbeaten by beating the Yellow Jackets (4-5) in Atlanta.
After Georgia Tech cut the Kansas lead to one point with nine seconds left, Sherron Collins made two free throws and then had a steal and layup to clinch the victory.
"I expected it to be a close game, but I didn't expect it to go down to the wire when we were up 13," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "We certainly hurt ourselves late not being able to put the game away with missed free throws."
One game after setting a career high with 11 assists in a win over Ohio on Saturday, Robinson set his season high for points.
Texas 66, Oral Roberts 56 - D.J. Augustin scored 24 points as the No. 4 Longhorns (11-0) survived their toughest home game this season with a victory over the Golden Eagles (6-4) in Austin.
Texas had won nine of its first 10 games by 15 or more points - the close one was a 63-61 win over then-No. 2 UCLA - but found itself in a tough one down the stretch against Oral Roberts.
The Longhorns needed Augustin's dazzling drives and late free throw shooting to put the game away. He scored 10 of Texas' final 17 points.
Syracuse 87, Colgate 59 - Freshman forward Donte Greene scored a season-high 26 points, and Arinze Onuaku had 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Orange (8-3) beat Upstate New York foe Colgate (6-4) at home.
Ohio State 80, Cleveland State 63 - Freshman Jon Diebler made five three-pointers in the second half and David Lighty scored 15 points in his homecoming to power the Buckeyes (7-3) by the Vikings (6-4) in Cleveland.
Florida State 66, College of Charleston 61 - Uche Echefu scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds as the host Seminoles (10-3) made their way past the Cougars (4-5) in Tallahassee.