No. 16 WVU upsets No. 8 Pitt, clinches Big East bye
Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) – Kevin Pittsnogle scored 26 points, as No. 16
West Virginia clinched a bye in the upcoming Big East Tournament with a 67-62
triumph over eighth-ranked Pittsburgh.
Pittsnogle, who was held scoreless by the Panthers on February 9, was 5-of-12
from the three-point line in his final home game. Senior Johannes Herber added
16 points for the Mountaineers (20-8, 11-4 Big East), who moved into third
place in the conference with back-to-back victories.
Ronald Ramon and Sam Young each tallied 12 points for the Panthers (21-5,
10-5), who have dropped two of their last three games. Carl Krauser had 10
points, but was just 3-of-16 from the field. Levance Fields also ended with 10
points for Pitt, which lost this edition of the Backyard Brawl despite
outrebounding the Mountaineers, 41-24.
A Ramon three-pointer drew the Panthers within 61-58 with 1:43 remaining, but
the Panthers missed three chances to cut into that deficit. Young was whistled
for traveling, Krauser missed a layup and Kendall missed a tip-in try with 31
Herber got the rebound and after a foul call, received an inbounds pass and
broke free for a layup with 25.4 seconds remaining.
Pitt closed within three twice, the last time at 65-62 following a Krauser
jumper with 10.3 seconds to go. However, Mike Gansey, another senior, sank two
foul shots with 9.8 seconds left to seal the victory, as the Mountaineers
avenged a 57-53 loss at Pitt on February 9.
Pittsnogle went 0-for-12 from the field in that game, and missed all six of
his three-point tries before fouling out.
The Mountaineers scored the game’s first five points, on the way to a 19-6
bulge 5:36 into the contest. Pitt got within one three times in the half, the
last at 31-30 on Ramon’s three-pointer with 4:20 remaining. However, the
Mountaineers scored the final six points of the half on three-pointers from
Patrick Beilein, a senior and the son of WVU head coach John Beilein.
West Virginia led by as many as seven in the second half.
WVU was 12-of-36 from three-point range, while Pitt was 4-of-14…Pittsburgh
shot 49.1 percent from the field, compared to 40 percent for West
Virginia..WVU is 57-26 against Pitt in Morgantown…West Virginia is 10-6 in
its last 16 games against ranked opponents.