FINAL: West Virginia earns their fourth straight hoops win over Pitt, 68-53

WVU Men's Basketball

West Virginia (1-0) is looking to go four straight over Pitt (2-1) at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh.

We will have live updates right here in this game log as the Backyard Brawl unfolds, so be sure to check back for updates. This match-up is broadcast on ESPNU and can be streamed on the WatchESPN app.


FINAL: West Virginia takes their fourth straight victory over Pitt on the basketball court, 68-53. Oscar Tshiebwe has 20 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks in the winning effort.

2:32 — WVU 66, Pitt 49: Sean McNeil heads to the line as the Mountaineers have a commanding lead. He knocks them both down, putting his scoring total to 11.

3:51 — WVU 60, Pitt 46: Emmitt Matthews is sneaking up on Tshiebwe for the game’s leading scorer. He’s made the Mountaineers’ last two buckets and has 17 points (Oscar has 18).

6:59 — WVU 54, Pitt 44: This game has gotten sloppy. Both teams have already eclipsed their first half turnover totals in the second, although West Virginia’s offense is making their shots at a much better rate so far. Foul trouble may play a major factor for West Virginia, as five Mountaineers (Matthews, Tshiebwe, Culver, Haley, McNeil) have 3 fouls. Just three Panthers (Johnson, Brown, Coulibaly) have made that mark.

11:33 — WVU 47, Pitt 39: The big three from last season have been the backbone for West Virginia — Derek Culver, Emmitt Matthews Jr. and Jordan McCabe have combined to give WVU their last 9 points. Justin Champagnie is the only Panther generating offense so far this half with 4 points.

17:08 — WVU 40, Pitt 35: West Virginia starts off with control of the game, putting together a 4-0 run before a 30-second timeout is called by Pitt.

Pitt starts with possession in the half.


HALF: West Virginia 36, Pitt 35: Oscar Tshiebwe has the double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) as the Mountaineers take a 1-point lead into halftime. WVU had a chance to hold for the last shot, but Brandon Knapper saw the rim from the elbow and missed. Deuce McBride locked down on Trey McGowens, who missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

3:08 — WVU 31, Pitt 29: Tshiebwe now has 12 points and 9 rebounds, with just one foul — he’s on a roll as the leading scorer and rebounder. McNeil has also added another three-pointer to his point total, putting his total up to 9, tied with Pitt’s Ryan Murphy.

8:02 — WVU 23, Pitt 16: Tshiebwe just went on a tear, scoring WVU’s last 4 points and grabbing a pair of boards — all after Sean McNeil drains a pair of three pointers in traffic. WVU’s offense has come alive.

11:13 — WVU 11, Pitt 12: Pitt has made all 4 of their last 4 shots, while WVU hasn’t made a field goal in 4:53. Huggins has already gone five deep into his bench as his team is shooting at a 30.8 percent clip.

12:30 — WVU 9, Pitt 10: The Panthers put a run together, capitalizing on WVU’s offensive struggles. Xavier Johnson slices through the Mountaineer defense to take the lead.

15:48 — WVU 9, Pitt 3: At the first timeout, West Virginia holds the lead, and Tshiebwe is commanding the court with 4 points and 3 boards so far. Ryan Murphy scored the first bucket for Pitt on an and-one, and he drained the ensuing free throw.

19:12 — WVU 2, Pitt 0: Oscar Tshiebwe scores the first points of the game, and he’s fouled.


  • Jordan McCabe
  • Jermaine Haley
  • Emmitt Matthews Jr.
  • Derek Culver
  • Oscar Tshiebwe


  • Trey McGowens
  • Xavier Johnson
  • Ryan Murphy
  • Au’diese Toney
  • Terrell Brown

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