MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- 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.
While the Panthers improved to 14-9, 3-7, West Virginia dropped
to 15-8, 5-5 with the Mountaineers' third straight loss in the Big
Ashton Gibbs added 15 points for the Panthers.
West Virginia freshman forward Kevin Noreen broke his ankle near the 12-minute mark of the first half, West Virginia MetroNews reported.
West Virginia's Kevin Jones produced his 16th double-double for
the Mountaineers with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Darryl "Truck" Bryant had 14 points, Deniz Kilicli finished with 12 and Jabarie
Hinds had 10.
A layup by Nasir Robinson and a 3-pointer by Woodall in the
final minute of the first half gave Pittsburgh a 33-29 halftime
The Panthers held the lead throughout the second half, although
West Virginia never trailed by more than 10 points and twice got
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.
College basketball fans should be excited about next season's Jimmy V Classic, an event that will feature Duke's heralded freshman class.