West Virginia Vs. Pitt: Mountaineers Crush Panthers, 66-48

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West Virginia Vs. Pitt: Mountaineers Use Defense To Squash Panthers, 66-48

The Mountaineers used pressure defense and fast break points to blow past the Panthers to a 66-48 victory. West Virginia outscored Pitt 40-23 in the second half, behind a strong defensive effort. WVU forced 17 turnovers in the contest, many of them leading to fast break points. After a hotly contested first half, WVU used an early second half 12-0 run to put the Panthers at an arm's length and never looked back.

Kevin Jones had his 18th double double of the season, tallying 16 points and 12 rebounds. Fellow senior Darryl Bryant didn't start the contest, a first this season, but seemed galvinized in the contest contributing 15 points and seven rebounds and four steals. Deniz Kilicli also had another strong showing, looking physical inside and tallying 14 points on a array of tip-ins, hook shots and dunks. Tray Woodall led the Panthers with 12 points.

The Panthers struggled with the Mountaineers defense all night, shooting a paltry 37 percent from the field and an ice cold 18 percent from three point range. The Mountaineers also outrbounded the Panthers by a 31-25 margin. West Virginia had an outstanding night at the free throw line, going 18-of-19. It was an impressive effort, considering the Mountaineers' struggles at the stripe so far this season.

The win is a huge boost for the Mountaineers, who move to 7-7 in Big East play. Their next contest is on the road at Notre Dame next Wednesday in South Bend. Tonight's win goes a long way towards WVU's tournament hopes, but there's still a lot of work left to do.

For more on West Virginia basketball, check out the Smoking Musket. For more on Pitt, check out Cardiac Hill.


West Virginia Vs. Pitt: 'Eers Lead Tight Contest, 26-25

After a tightly-contested first half, the West Virginia Mountaineers lead the Pittsburgh Panthers, by a point, 26-25. The Mountaineers led for much of the first half, but relinquished the lead to the Panthers with less than four minutes remaining, though the lead would change hands three more times before the half's end.

In attempt to break the Mountaineers' skid, WVU head coach decided to shuffle the starting line-up, benching senior guard Truck Bryant. Tonight's Backyard BasketBrawl is the first game this season that hasn't seen Bryant in the starting lineup. The move seemed to work and Bryant hit his first shot, a deep three, quickly after coming off the bench. Truck also turned in a rare fast break dunk, the end result of an opportunistic steal. Bryant finished the half with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting.

Deniz Kilicli appears to be back in dominating form, leading the Mountaineers in scoring with nine points and a pair of rebounds. The ever steady Kevin Jones had eight points and five rebounds.

The Panthers were paced by Ashton Gibbs and Tray Woodall who had six points apiece.

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