WVU's focus coming into the game with the Panthers was to match Pitt's strength and physical play, and it did just that in bouncing their most reviled foe from the Big East tournament. However, that wasn't the only key to the contest.
Pitt cranked up the emotion in the first half with a beautifully-executed alley-oop play from Levance Fields to Sam Young, but WVU was able to answer with one of its own early in the second half when Truck Bryant set up Devin Ebanks for a tomahawk slam in transition. Although each play was only worth two points, they also set the tone for the next few minutes of action. WVU's answering slam was also an indication that the Mountaineers weren't going to be out-toughed, as they were in the previous two meeting with the Panthers.
In this interview, Bryant discusses those aspects of the game and also adds thoughts on his relationship with other New York area players and the addition of bragging rights for the tournament win.