MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Da'Sean Butler scored 18 points, Kevin Jones added 16 and No. 6 West Virginia never trailed in beating No. 22 Pittsburgh 70-51 on Wednesday night.
West Virginia (18-3, 7-2 Big East) used a steady diet of 3-pointers and fed off the energy of the third-largest home crowd in school history and the successful debut of suspended freshman Deniz Kilicli to earn its fifth straight win.
Pittsburgh (16-6, 6-4) shot an abysmal 30 percent from the field, made just six field goals after halftime and was held to its second-lowest scoring total of the season.
Jones scored seven points during a 15-4 run as West Virginia started pulling away after the Panthers had gotten within 43-41 with 13 minutes remaining.
Jermaine Dixon returned from an injury to lead Pittsburgh with 13 points.