Pitt Quick Recap/ Player of the Game

There wasn't much to highlight in West Virginia's 82-46 loss to Pitt on Wednesday night.

In fact, the Mountaineers played so poorly that it was impossible to pick a West Virginia player of the game. WVU was sluggish from the outset, and not a single Mountaineer played with any of the intensity and crispness that has marked most of WVU's efforts this year.

WVU shot just 29% from the field and were listless on defense as they put up little in the way of opposition for the seventh ranked Panthers. WVU was a miserable 7-13 from the free throw line and were outrebounded 44-29.

West Virginia did manage to at least stay in the game for the first seventeen minutes of the first half. WVU kept the pace of the game slow, and despite another poor shooting performance were within six points as the clock headed toward the four minute mark. However, a rash of turnovers and missed shots, punctuated by a pair of Pitt three pointers and a mystifying intentional foul call on Drew Schifino as the clock ran out, helped Pitt blow the lead out to 37-20 at the break.

After WVU scored five quick points in the second half to cut the defict to 14 at 39-25, the Mountaineers had a total meltdown. WVU scored just two points over the next 7:20. Meanwhile, Pitt was scoring twenty points on their way to 45 second half tallies to turn the game into a laugher.

WVU now faces a critical game at Rutgers on Saturday in the battle to get to the Big East tournament in New York City.

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