9:00 PM ET, February 12, 2010
Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pitt avenges Morgantown loss, fights off West Virginia in three OTs
PITTSBURGH -- The very first basketball game in West Virginia history was against Pitt in 1903, and there have been 179 games in the Backyard Brawl rivalry since then. Not one was like this.No previous game was so long, with so many swings in momentum and so many emotional ups and downs. So many chances to win -- and, too, to lose by a pair of Top 25 rivals who seemingly couldn't stop playing. So many what-ifs and why nots, so much energy expended and so much time devoted to winning a single game.
• Pitt needed three overtimes to secure its fifth straight home win against West Virginia.
• The game marked the third triple-overtime game in West Virginia's history and the second such game for Pitt.
• The Panthers improved to 6-0 vs. top five teams at the Peterson Events Center (opened in 2002).
• The Mountaineers' Da'Sean Butler (32 points, 11 rebounds) contributed his first double-double of the season and second 30-plus point effort in his last three games overall.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
The Butler Couldn't Do It
Da'Sean Butler scored a game-high 32 points for West Virginia, but it was not enough. Butler was slowed by Pitt's Jermaine Dixon in regulation, then scored 15 points in the overtimes after Dixon fouled out.
|J. Dixon||Rest of Team|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||31-74 (.419)||29-66 (.439)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-21 (.333)||9-26 (.346)|
|FT Made-Attempted||26-37 (.703)||31-42 (.738)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||27 (0/0)||28 (0/0)|