POG: West Virginia - Pitt

West Virginia's guard duo of Joe Mazzulla and Darris Nichols were one of few bright spots against Pitt.

The Mountaineers lost another heartbreaker to a top 25 team on Thursday night as Ronald Ramon's wide open look from three-point range swished through the net as time expired to put a dagger in the hearts of fans far and wide, while also dealing yet another serious blow to WVU's fledging NCAA Tournament hopes.

Had it not been for junior point guard Joe Mazzulla, though, the Panthers would have never needed Ramon's last-second heroics for their 18th win of the season. With West Virginia getting little to no production offensively from its frontcourt, Mazzulla picked up the scoring slack with a career-high 15 points to keep the Mountaineers alive for 40 minutes.

Mazzulla was a near-perfect 6-for-7 from the field, missing just one of his four three-point attempts en route to the offensive outburst. Mazzulla also collected three rebounds and a steal in 26 minutes of play.


  • As was the case in earlier last-minute losses to Tennessee and Georgetown, the Mountaineers certainly played well enough defensively to win the game. West Virginia held the Panthers to just 40 percent shooting from the floor, and also forced 11 Pitt turnovers. Unfortunately for the men in gold, they were unable to match that production on the offensive end of the court, shooting just 35.8 percent for the game and having another miserable night (7-17) from the foul line.

  • Redshirt freshman forward Cam Thoroughman again played valuable minutes, and again gave his team outstanding production from a hustle and heart standpoint. Thoroughman was active on the glass, and bodied up Pitt center DeJuan Blair in the post, frustrating the standout freshman to a paltry 3-13 finish.

    Thoroughman was also right in the middle of a bizarre sequence which took place with 4:58 remaining in the game. A foul was called on Pitt's Blair under the Panther basket, and the officials pointed to WVU forward Joe Alexander as the offended party. Alexander sank a pair of foul shots at the other end, followed by a Bob Huggins timeout. During the timeout, the officiating crew opted to check the monitor to see if Alexander was indeed supposed to be shooting the free throws. Pitt's coaching staff was convinced it was Thoroughman who instead should be at the line. Despite originally making the error, the officials opted to change their call upon reviewing the video, sending Thoroughman to the line, and taking two points away from the Mountaineers. Thoroughman's first attempt rimmed out, Pitt corralled the rebound, and scored a layup at the other end to push its advantage to five points.

  • Point guard Darris Nichols made several big shots down the stretch for the Mountaineers, most notably a banked-in 3 with 2:13 remaining to give the Mountaineers a one-point lead. Nichols finished with a game-high 16 points, but was just 6-for-15 from the floor on the night.

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