• Back Yard Brawl: WVU storms past Pitt 66-48


    None - PITTSBURGH -- Kevin Jones scored 16 points to go with 13 rebounds and Deniz Kilicli added 14 points as West Virginia beat Pittsburgh 66-48 on Thursday night in perhaps the final basketball edition of the Backyard Brawl.

    Darryl Bryant came off the bench to score 15 for the Mountaineers (17-10, 7-7 Big East), who dominated the second half to get the last word in the 108-year-old rivalry for the foreseeable future.

    West Virginia held the Panthers (15-12, 4-10) to 37 percent-shooting as Pitt finished with as many turnovers (17) as field goals while losing its third straight.

    Tray Woodall led the Panthers with 12 points, but Pitt struggled getting anything going offensively as the Mountaineers used their length and suffocating defense to hold Ashton Gibbs in check.

    The Big East preseason Player of the Year scored just eight points on 2-of-11 shooting.

    On Tuesday, WVU announced it has settled a lawsuit with the Big East for an unspecified amount, clearing the way for the Mountaineers to join the Big 12 in July in time for the fall football season.

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