Player of the Game - Pitt

A mirror image performance of his first game against Pitt gives Kevin Pittsnogle his second player of the game honors against the Panthers - and a set of bookend wins for the Mountaineers as well.

Just as he did against Pitt earlier this year, Pittsnogle heated up like a honkytonk on Saturday night to help the Mountaineers rally and gun down the Panthers by the score of 70-66 in Pittsburgh.

Following a tough first half in which he couldn't get anything to fall and struggled on the defensive end, the 6-11 junior steadied himself and fueled WVU's comeback. With the Mountaineers trailing 58-45, Pitsnogle scored 17 of WVU's next 23 points to give West Virginia a stunning 68-64 lead. During the run, Pittsnogle drained three rainbow three-pointers, canned six consectuive free throw, and nailed a banked jump hook over the stunned Pitt defense.

Pittsnogle's offensive outburst also forced the Panters to remove denter Chris Taft from the game. Taft, who had dominated WVU inside, was thus not on the floor during the game's crucial final minutes.

"He had another great one," head coach John Beilein said after the massive win. "We wanted to shoot threes, but not at the tempo we were at in the second half. He did a great job of burying those big shots."

Pittsnogle, who scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, finished 6-10 from the field, inclduing 4-7 from beyond the arc. He had six rebounds, a block, and a steal in 23 minutes of action.

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