Memphis fell to 5-3; all three losses have been against ranked teams.
Despite shooting just 36.7 percent from the field, Pitt took a 41-23 lead into halftime. The Panthers scored 17 points from the foul line in the first half, compared to 4 for Memphis.
Apparently not pleased with the officiating, Memphis Coach John Calipari was called for a technical foul midway through the first half.
Carl Krauser led Pittsburgh with 17 points, although he made just one of nine field-goal attempts. He was 15 for 18 from the free-throw line.
Sean Banks led Memphis with 18 points and hit 7 of 19 shots from the floor. Tigers forward Rodney Carney, who was averaging 19.6 points a game, was 4 of 8 from the field and finished with 11 points.
Pitt's roster includes seven players from the New York City area, including the starters Taft and Krauser and the freshman guard Ronald Ramon.
No. 1 Illinois 78, Chicago St. 59
Luther Head had a game-high 17 points and Dee Brown added 15 along with nine assists as top-ranked Illinois cruised to a 78-59 victory over Chicago State at Assembly Hall on Monday.
The Illini (7-0) earned their first No. 1 national ranking since January 24, 1989 when the latest AP poll was revealed on Monday. They shot 51 percent (32-of-63) from the floor and outrebounded the Cougars 38-21 to record their seventh straight double-digit victory to start the year.
Deji Akindele compiled 14 points and seven rebounds, while Tony Weeden scored 13 points for Chicago State (0-5), which is still searching for its first victory of 2004-2005.
Head netted 14 first-half points and the Illini sank seven three-pointers before intermission to build a comfortable 47-32 lead at the break.
Illinois then put the contest out of reach with an 11-1 run midway through the second half. James Augustine recorded seven points during the flurry, including a layup with 8:25 to play which put the Illini up 67-41.
No. 7 Connecticut 97, Northeastern 60
At Storrs, Connecticut, Josh Boone scored a career-high 19 points and posted a season-best 14 rebounds to lead No. 7 Connecticut to an easy 97-60 victory over Northeastern at Gampel Pavilion.
Charlie Villanueva netted 17 points and Denham Brown contributed 15 for Connecticut (4-0).
Marcus Barnes led all scorers with 20 points for Northeastern (2-4), which has lost three of its last four games. Jose Juan Barea had 10 points and a game-high eight assists in the loss.
Boone led Connecticut with 10 points in the opening 20 minutes. UConn shot 41.5 percent from the field in the half, despite going 0-for-5 from three-point range. Boone had 10 rebounds in the half, and the UConn went 9-for-12 from the free throw line to take a 43-28 into the break.
Barnes scored 16 points in the first half on 7-of-15 shooting for Northeastern, while the rest of the team combined to shot 4-of-30 in the opening half.
UConn's lead continued to grow throughout the second half, as the Huskies routed a squad with a matching nickname. Game Notes