No. 4/4 Pittsburgh (22-2, 10-1) overcame 29 percent shooting in the first half by firing 61 percent in the second half to beat rival West Virginia 71-66. The Panthers outrebounded the Mountaineers 40-28 in the game, including grabbing 18 offensive rebounds. The squad had four players in double figures, with Nasir Robinson leading the way with 15 points. Pitt is the only BIG EAST team to notch at least 20 overall wins and 10 conference wins for 10-straight seasons.
Forward Deniz Kilicli scored a career-high 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting for the Mountaineers. West Virginia trailed by just one point at 59-58 with 4:03 remaining. But the Panthers went on a 12-4 run to build a 71-62 lead with 19 seconds left.
The lone BIG EAST game on Tuesday has DePaul hosting Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2. The two teams have split six BIG EAST meetings. UC won last year's meeting 74-69 at home. The Blue Demons' last win was 67-57 in the first round of the 2009 BIG EAST Championship.