Rudy Gay had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead third-ranked Connecticut to a 78-60 triumph over Massachusetts last night in Hartford, Conn., in the 108th meeting of the New England programs.
Josh Boone had 10 rebounds and scored all of his 13 points in the second half and Rashad Anderson added 15 points for Connecticut (7-0).
The Minutemen (2-2) upset the favored Huskies last year, Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun's first loss to the longtime rival. The Huskies lead the series, 69-39.
Rashaun Freeman, who hit the winning basket for the Minutemen last season, had 19 points and nine rebounds. Teammate Jeff Viggiano added 17 points.
* GONZAGA 67, WASHINGTON STATE 53: Adam Morrison scored 25 points despite strong defensive pressure for the No. 9 Zags in Spokane, Wash.
J.P. Batista added 23 points for Gonzaga (5-2), which was held 18 points below its season average.
The Cougars (4-2), of the Pacific-10, have lost seven straight to nearby rival Gonzaga of the West Coast Conference.
The Zags have won 28 straight at home, the second-longest streak in the nation. Washington State fell to 5-107 all-time against teams ranked in the top 10.
Batista was 9 of 11 from the field and adding nine rebounds.
Morrison, who leads the nation in scoring at 29.7 points per game, was 8 of 16 from the field. Sean Mallon added 12 points for Gonzaga, which shot 54 percent.
Derrick Low and Ivory Clark, WSU's top two scorers, were held to three and zero points, respectively. Robbie Cowgill had 14 points for the Cougars.
* ARIZONA 75, N. ARIZONA 66: In Tucson, Hassan Adams scored 21 points and pulled down two of his eight rebounds in the final seconds for the No. 24 Wildcats.
Freshman Marcus Williams scored 17 points for Arizona (3-3), while Ivan Radenovic had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Kirk Walters added 13 points.
J.P. Prince, another freshman, had 10 assists, many of them at crucial points.
Kelly Golob was 5 of 10 on three-pointers and had 23 points for the Lumberjacks (4-5), who were only four points down late in the game. Ruben Boykin Jr. added 14 points and Kyle Landry had 12.