WVU Downs Pitt In Backyard Brawl Renewal
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Coliseum hosted its first men’s version of the Backyard BasketBrawl in six years, and the home team scored a 69-59 victory over Pitt, its long-time but lapsed rival.
WVU (6-3) led 39-27 at halftime and kept the lead throughout the second half despite some sloppy ballhandling that resulted in a season-high 26 turnovers. Pitt had 24 turnovers itself. The victory was the fifth straight for WVU in a series that has seen 186 meetings. The two played annually from 1918 until West Virginia left the Big East for the Big 12 after the 2012 season. The rivalry went into a hiatus from that point until last year, when the Mountaineers visited Pittsburgh and won 69-60.
Pitt fell to 7-3 with Saturday’s loss.
WVU had 12 blocked shots on the game, including seven by Sagaba Konate. That gave Konate 191 blocks in his career, pushing him into first place on the Mountaineers’ all-time list.
West Virginia will not play for another eight days, as the University has final exams this coming week. The Mountaineers will next be on the court to face Rhode Island (3-3) on Sunday, Dec. 16 in Uncasville, Conn.