When Danny Hurley took over at Wagner a year ago, he pledged to turn the woeful Seahawks around with a mixture of toughness and grit, qualities that are synonymous with the family name.
Consider his rebuilding project well ahead of schedule.
Latif Rivers scored all 18 of his points in the second half -- including six free throws in the final minute -- to lead the Seahawks to a stunning 59-54 victory over No. 15 Pittsburgh on Friday night.
"We've got good players, we practice really hard and I think our guys feel like they deserve wins like this and moments like this," Hurley said.
Wagner, which went 5-26 the season before Hurley arrived, certainly played like it.
Controlling the tempo and making Pitt work hard at both ends of the court, the Seahawks (8-3) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since knocking off then-No. 15 Alabama on Nov. 24, 1978.
Pitt (11-2) saw its nine-game winning streak snapped in emphatic fashion.
Louisville turns it up
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- No. 4 Louisville is finding a way to remain unbeaten thanks to Russ Smith.
"I don't have to tell you guys we didn't play good basketball [Friday]," coach Rick Pitino said following his Cardinals' 70-60 victory over Western Kentucky. "But we haven't been playing good basketball the last three games."
Louisville (12-0) trailed the Hilltoppers (4-9) by eight points with 12 minutes remaining, but the Cardinals reeled off 14 straight points, half from Smith. He finished with 23 points and his three-pointer from the left corner off an inbounds pass gave Louisville the lead for good at 52-50 with 6:53 remaining.
"He's winning us games on just pure intensity, pure heart," Pitino said of the 6-foot sophomore guard. "He's the reason we're winning but we've got to get the rest of the guys playing like that."
Smith's 23 points was just one off his career high that came in Louisville's 95-87 win over Memphis on Dec. 17.
Around the rim
*Pierre Jackson scored eight consecutive points during regulation and overtime to lift No. 6 Baylor to an 83-81 victory over West Virginia.
*Jordan Taylor scored 17 points to lead No. 13 Wisconsin to a 79-45 victory over Mississippi Valley State in the Badgers' final game before Big Ten play begins.
*Anthony Marshall had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 21 UNLV to an 85-68 victory over California.