Sam Young scored a game-high 20 points, as No. 4 Pitt overcame DeJuan Blair’s foul trouble to beat West Virginia, 70-59, on Monday night in front of a sold-out Petersen Events Center.
Blair, coming off a career-high 32 points at DePaul, sat most of the first half in foul trouble and didn’t return after picking up his third and fourth fouls including a technical with 8:34 left in the game.
Pitt (22-2, 9-2) has won six of its past seven meetings with West Virginia (16-8, 5-6), which is alone in ninth place in the Big East. Pitt outrebounded West Virginia, 39-23, and shot 48.1 percent from the field.
Levance Fields added 13 points and seven assists for Pitt, which plays host to Cincinnati on Saturday. Blair finished with eight points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes, his second lowest of the season.
Alex Ruoff scored a team-high 17 points for West Virginia before fouling out with 7:18 to play. Freshman Devin Ebanks added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Mountaineers. West Virginia’s leading scorer, Da’Sean Butler, went 2 for 12 from the line and finished with four points before fouling out with 4:43 to play.