MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — On Friday night, the Backyard Brawl made its return to the hardwood and Pitt fell to West Virginia by a score of 74-59 at the WVU Coliseum.
After a sloppy first half headlined by emotional outbreaks and sloppy turnovers, the Panthers trailed by 12 heading into the break, and could never quite catch up in the second half.
In the latter frame, Pitt struggled to run its offense, partially due to a scrappy West Virginia defense, and partially due to self-imposed offensive mishaps.
A sold-out WVU Coliseum was all over the young Panthers team from the very start, and the Mountaineers forced the Panthers to turn the ball over 32 times throughout the contest.
Pitt was paced by forwards John Hugley and Mo Gueye, who finished with 17 and 10 points, respectively.
After only playing six minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, Hugley scored all 17 of his points in the second half, including a three-pointer. Gueye showed some flashes of offensive versatility, and finished with 10 points on 5-for-9 shooting.
Oakland transfer Dan Oladapo had his best performance in a Panther uniform on Friday, making all four of his field goals and finishing with eight points. Sophomore William Jeffress contributed 8 points, and also led the team in rebounding with 7.
The Mountaineers were led by the sharp-shooting trio of Taz Sherman, Jalen Bridges, and Sean McNeil, who combined to score 43 of West Virginia’s 74 points.
Pitt’s next game will be against UNC-Wilmington on Tuesday, Nov. 16, with tip-off coming at 7 p.m. from the Petersen Events Center.