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West Virginia Pounds Pittsburgh

Jarrod West scored 18 points and Damian Owens added 16 Tuesday night, leading No. 15 West Virginia to a 90-72 win over Pittsburgh.

West made three 3-pointers as the Mountaineers (19-3, 9-3 Big East) handed the Panthers their fifth loss in a row.

Pittsburgh (7-10, 2-8) closed within 57-52 at 11:14 on Stephen Flores' 3-pointer before West Virginia used an 11-2 run highlighted by West's third 3-pointer to put the game away.

Marcus Goree added 14 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds for the Mountaineers.

Jarrett Lockhart scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Panthers. Attila Cosby added 18 points and Isaac Hawkins had 14.

The Mountaineers shut down Pittsburgh's leading scorer, Vonteego Cummings, who finished with one field goal and four free throws.

Facing a Pitt team ranked last in the conference in scoring defense, West Virginia, which leads the Big East in scoring, improved to 14-0 when scoring more than 80 points.

West Virginia frustrated the Panthers with 12 steals, including five by Owens five and four by Jones. The Mountaineers also outrebounded Pitt 42-32.

The Mountaineers, who hung on for a 76-72 win at Pittsburgh six days earlier, started the game with a 15-2 run that featured a pair of 3-pointers by West.

Pittsburgh closed within 27-25 before Jones sparked a 14-2 run as West Virginia opened a 43-32 halftime lead.

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