PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — It’s safe to say Pitt point guard Tray Woodall is pretty important to his team.
Woodall scored 24 points, including 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range as the Panthers downed the West Virginia Mountaineers Monday night in Mongantown, 72-66.
After WVU jumped out to a 17-9 lead to open the game, Woodall and Pitt turned things around to take a lead into halftime. Woodall scored 14 of Pitt’s final 26 point of the half, including three 3-pointers in the final 2:47.
His third went through the bucket as the halftime buzzer sounded, giving the Panthers a 33-29 halftime lead.
Pitt didn’t trail in the second half despite going nearly five minutes without a field goal in the early going. West Virginia closed to within thee twice and was within two points with 7:30 remaining on a layup by Kevin Jones.
The Mountaineers couldn’t climb any closer, though. Three minutes later, Woodall assisted Talib Zanna and Ashton Gibbs on back-to-back possessions for a 63-56 lead with 3:45 left.
Woodall added a basket with 57 seconds left for a 68-62 lead — the winning points.
Gibbs was the only other Panther in double-figures with 15 points. Dante Taylor scored eight points and added seven rebounds. Nasir Robinson had nine points.
Jones led West Virginia with 21 points. Truck Bryant (14 points), Deniz Kilicli (12) and Jabarie Hinds (10) were other Mountaineers in double-figures.