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Pitt wins "Basketball Backyard Brawl"

Jan. 30, 2012 @ 10:03 PM

MORGANTOWN (AP) — Tray Woodall scored a game-high 24 points and Pittsburgh won its third straight Big East game with a 72-66 defeat of West Virginia on Monday night.

While the Panthers improved to 14-9, 3-7, West Virginia dropped to 15-8, 5-5 with the Mountaineers’ third straight loss in the Big East.

Ashton Gibbs added 15 points for the Panthers.

West Virginia’s Kevin Jones produced his 16th double-double for the Mountaineers with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Darryl “Truck” Bryant had 14 points, Deniz Kilicli finished with 12 and Jabarie Hinds had 10.

A layup by Nasir Robinson and a 3-pointer by Woodall in the final minute of the first half gave Pittsburgh a 33-29 halftime lead.

The Panthers held the lead throughout the second half, although West Virginia never trailed by more than 10 points and twice got within two.