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Wagner stuns No. 15 Pitt; first loss to NEC opponent

Latif Rivers scored all 18 of his points in the second half — including six critical free throws in the final minute — to lead visiting Wagner to a stunning 59-54 victory over No. 15 Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Kenneth Ortiz had 12 points and Tyler Murray added 10 for the Seahawks (8-3), who won their first game over a ranked opponent since knocking off then-15th-ranked Alabama on Nov. 24, 1978.

Pitt (11-2) saw its nine-game winning streak snapped in emphatic fashion. Ashton Gibbs scored 14 points for the Panthers, who turned it over 18 times while losing to a Northeastern Conference opponent for the first time ever.

The Panthers came in 70-0 all-time against NEC foes, but struggled against Wagner's pressure and never led over the game's final 33 minutes.

Tennessee 66, East Tennessee State 63: Cameron Tatum scored 13 points, and Tennessee hit all four of its free throws in the final minute to hang on to beat visiting East Tennessee State.

The Buccaneers led throughout the first half and were up 59-51 when a layup by Trae Golden with 5:27 to play launched an 11-0 run for the Volunteers (5-6).

Kenny Hall dunked with 2 minutes left to put Tennessee up 60-59, and the Vols led the rest of the way. Hall followed the basket up with a steal and a dish to Golden, who had a dunk of his own, and Golden and Jordan McRae each hit a set of free throws to seal the victory.

Adam Sollazzo hit a layup with 10 seconds left and attempted a 3-pointer with 2 seconds to go, but the ball hit the backboard and bounced away. Sollazzo led ETSU (5-6) with 19 points.

Georgia 64, Furman 50: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points to lead Georgia over Furman (6-6) .

Caldwell-Pope scored 11 straight points for Georgia (7-5) over an 8-minute stretch in the second half.

No. 13 Wisconsin 79, Mississippi Valley St. 45: Jordan Taylor scored 17 points to lead host Wisconsin over Mississippi Valley State in the Badgers' final game before Big Ten play begins.

Playing for the first time in more than a week, the Badgers (11-2) showed no signs of rust, taking a 20-4 lead in the game's first 8 minutes. The Delta Devils (1-10) were called for 29 fouls, and Wisconsin was 31-for-44 on free throws.

No. 21 UNLV 85, California 68: Anthony Marshall had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead host UNLV over California (10-3). Chace Stanback had 15 points and Mike Moser added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Rebels (13-2).

Morehead State 62, Ball State 54: Terrance Hill scored 12 points and Ty Proffitt added 11 as the only Morehead State players in double figures, and the Eagles overcame a rough shooting performance to hold off Ball State. The Eagles (6-7) won despite shooting just 38.8 percent from the floor.

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