Player of the Game - Pitt

Kevin Pittsnogle took full advantage of his starting assignment with a monster 27-point, eight rebound performance to power WVU to a 83-78 overtime win against Pitt.

The Martinsburg, W. Va. junior, starting in the place of illness-stricken D'or Fischer, had a career night as WVU defeated Pitt at the Coliseum. Pittsnogle scored a career high 27 points on the strength of 10-17 shooting from the field, including four of nine from three-point range. The lanky Mountaineer also made all three of his free throw attempts and snared eight rebounds against the strong Panther front line.

Coming off one of the worst performances of his career against Boston College, Pittsnogle responded with a show that Mountaineer fans will long remember. He scored 18 of his points in the second half, from a variety of ranges. From three-pointers to short jumpers to one big dunk off a free ball that squirted to him in the lane, it was the West Virginia native's night.

Pittsnogle played a career-high 34 minutes in the contest and would have played more if he had not picked up his fourth foul with 6:41 to go in the game. However, he returned with just under four minutes to play and made several huge plays in overtime to seal the win. He snared a steal and hit a layup and a free throw on the other end to give WVU a 70-66 lead, then drained a three-pointer to put the Mountaineers up by seven. He also swished two free throws with 16 seconds to go to preserve a six-point lead to help keep the Panthers at bay.

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