Pittsburgh 72, West Virginia 66

Tray Woodall scored a game-high 24 points and Pittsburgh won its

third straight Big East game with a 72-66 defeat of West Virginia

on Monday night.

Ashton Gibbs added 15 points for the Panthers (14-9, 3-7).

Kevin Jones scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to get his

16th double-double of the season for West Virginia (15-8, 5-5),

which lost its third straight conference game.

Darryl ”Truck” Bryant had 14 points, Deniz Kilicli finished

with 12 and Jabarie Hinds had 10 for the Mountaineers.

West Virginia held a 17-9 lead in the first half when Pitt went

to work.

The Panthers outscored the Mountaineers 9-2 to trail 19-18 with

6:08 to go.

The teams went through four more lead changes and two ties en

route to Pitt’s 33-29 halftime advantage.

The Panthers scored the first two baskets of the second half and

led 37-31 before Dante Taylor was fouled while making a layup.

Official Sean Corbin called a technical foul against West

Virginia coach Bob Huggins, and after Ashton Gibbs made one of the

two technical shots and Taylor made his free throw, the Panthers

led 41-31 at the 17:40 mark.

West Virginia outscored Pitt 14-7 over the next seven minutes to

trail 48-45 on a jumper by Jones with 10:45 to go.

The Mountaineers cut it to 54-52 when Kilicli blocked a Pitt

shot, which Hinds turned into a layup with 8:12 remaining.

Jones’ jumper at 7:31 again pulled West Virginia within two,

56-54.

Then Pitt got a layup from Lamar Patterson and a free throw by

J.J. Moore to go ahead 59-54 with 5:02 left.

Gary Browne netted a pair of free throws for West Virginia, but

Pitt answered with baskets by Talib Zanna and Gibbs to go back on

top by seven points with 3:36 showing.

Kilicli picked up a loose ball under the basket and pulled West

Virginia within 70-66 with 17 seconds left.

But Keaton Miles picked up his fifth foul and Pitt’s Gibbs

converted both free throws to put the game away.