Friday , Feb , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Strong defense lifts Pitt over WVU in Backyard Brawl

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) – Ronald Ramon and Aaron Gray each poured in
16 points, as 14th-ranked Pittsburgh used a smothering defense to beat No.
9 West Virginia, 57-53, at the Petersen Events Center.

Sam Young tallied 10 points for the Panthers (18-3, 7-3 Big East), who snapped
a two-game skid, but won their 14th straight home game.

For the first time in the 100-year and 169-game history of the basketball
“Backyard Brawl,” both Pitt and West Virginia entered the game ranked among
the nation’s top-25. However, at the end the Panthers’ defense dominated the
Mountaineers, holding high-scoring Kevin Pittsnogle to no points on 0-of-12

Pittsnogle entered the game leading the team with 19.5 points per game, but he
was part of a Mountaineer (17-5, 8-1) squad that shot 34 percent, on the way
to their first conference defeat. Mike Gansey had 12 points and Patrick
Beilein added 11 for West Virginia, which was just 6-of-27 from three-point