Huggins Cites Intensity As Key To WVU’s Backyard Brawl Win Over Pitt
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — “We have to play hard like that.”
In a nutshell, Bob Huggins words were the key to West Virginia’s tiff- and spat-filled 69-59 win over Pitt at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The win, a critical one for the Mountaineers, advanced their record to 6-3 on the season.
“We have to play hard like that, and we have to rebound,” he continued. “That’s been the M.O. since i got here. We have to get more shots than our opposition.”
Huggins went on describing the effects of playing hard, but without it none of the other pluses of the WVU effort would have been in the books. The Mountaineers force 24 Pitt turnovers and limited the panthers to just 31.5% shooting from the field. Some of those were self-inflicted errors, but just as many were forced by the intensity West Virginia showed, especially on the defensive end.
Pitt played just has hard, and was credited for doing so by Huggins. The Panthers also forced 26 Mountaineer turnovers, besting WVU in that stat. It made for a game that didn’t set any standards for beauty, but was a fun and intense match-up for those on hand.
“I though it was two teams that battled and competed like heck against each other,” Pitt coach Jeff Capel said.