Pittsnogle hit his first trio of three point shots in the first half to stake West Virginia to a 24-14 lead in the first half.
WVU could not hold the early lead, however, as Syracuse began to figure out the Mountaineers' 1-3-1 zone for some easy hoops. The Orangemen rallied to lead by as many as eight points before WVU put on a late spurt, capped by a Patrcik Beilein three point buzzer beater that gave WVU the lead by one at the half.
In the second half, the Mountaineers were unable to stop Syracuse, as the Orangemen went over and around the outmanned West Virginia defense for open three pointers and numerous dunks. WVU, attempting to rally, shot an icy 3-17 from three point range in the second half.