Kevin Pittsnogle's 22 points weren't enough to offset a huge Pitt rebounding advantage in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
Pittsnogle hit five of his 11 three-point attempts and seven of 17 overall for his 22 points. He also added two rebounds to his line score.
The 6-11 senior got little help from his teammates, who combined to shoot 18-53 (34%0 from the field.
WVU's inability to convert open layups again proved critical. The Mountaineers missed four wide open layups over the course of the game, and those eight points proved critical as the contest wound down.
Mike Gansey's absence for much of the second half, due to a stomach cramping situation that was a repeat of an episode he suffered last year, threw a huge monkey wrench into West Virginia's second half plans. Although he was sometimes passive in the first half, the active senior had ten points and five rebounds as he helped keep Pitt off the glass in the opening half. WVU was outrebounded by just one in the first 20 minutes, but ended up a whopping 19 boards in the hole for the game.
While West Virginia did play hard and certainly tried to win the game, it was obvious, especially during the last ten minutes of the contest, that the spark and drive that typically marks this team was absent. Whether it was the fact that WVU already has an NCAA berth sewn up, or the unfamiliar long layoff before playing, the fact was that this Mountaineer team didn't play with anywhere near the same intensity as last year's squad did.