DeJuan Blair took control inside with 21 points and 16 rebounds, Sam Young and Tyrell Biggs scored 14 points each, and third-ranked Pittsburgh (11-0) came out strong in each half of a 79-66 victory over visiting Siena (5-4) last night.

The Panthers twice led by 11 points in the first half before starting the second with a 16-3 run that stretched their lead to 53-32.

Siena never got closer than five points after the opening few minutes.

Duke 99, North Carolina-Asheville 56 -

Episcopal Academy graduate Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler both scored 14 points after being benched at the start of sixth-ranked Duke's rout of UNC-Asheville (4-6) in Durham, N.C.

Jon Scheyer added 13 points for the Blue Devils (9-1), who juggled the lineup after they were upset 11 days earlier at Michigan.

With the regulars trickling back, the Blue Devils took control with an early 27-8 run and coasted to their 65th consecutive nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Syracuse 82, Canisius 60 -

Neumann-Goretti's Rick Jackson scored a career high of 14 points, Paul Harris added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and 11th-ranked Syracuse (10-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season by routing Canisius (3-7) in Syracuse, N.Y.

Syracuse still seemed to be thinking about Cedric Jackson's buzzer-beating shot from beyond halfcourt that gave Cleveland State a 72-69 victory Monday night.

But after yet another sluggish start, Syracuse settled down and handed Canisius its fourth straight loss.

Ohio State 81, Jacksonville 68 -

David Lighty had 21 points to lead 17th-ranked Ohio State (7-0) past Jacksonville (2-6) in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State led by 19 points early in the second half, only to see the lead cut to five with five minutes left. Jon Diebler hit his third three-pointer for the Buckeyes, and the Dolphins never got closer.

Michigan State 79, Citadel 65 -

Raymar Morgan had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and 19th-ranked Michigan State (7-2) outlasted a stubborn Citadel (5-6) in East Lansing, Mich.

Austin Dahn had 17 points, including five three-pointers, for The Citadel, which cut its deficit to 41-33 at halftime and stayed competitive throughout the second half.

Memphis 59, Arkansas-Little Rock 51 -

Robert Dozier scored 15 points, and Shawn Taggart and Chester's Tyreke Evans both added 12 as 23d-ranked Memphis (6-2) got by visiting Arkansas-Little Rock (7-3).


Rob Diggs scored 17 points and Noel Wilmore added 11 to lead

George Washington



, 63-50, in Washington. . . . Brandon Costner had 24 points and 17 rebounds to help

North Carolina State


East Carolina,

87-76, in Raleigh, N.C. . . . Kenny St. George had a game high of 18 points as

West Chester


Holy Family,

61-42, in Northeast Philadelphia.