PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Kevin Pittsnogle continues to save his best for Pittsburgh.
Pittsnogle scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half as West Virginia rallied from a 14-point deficit to post a 70-66 victory over No. 17 Pittsburgh, completing a season sweep of its Big East Conference rival.
Two of Pittsnogle's three 20-point games this season have come against Pittsburgh (18-6, 8-5 Big East). He scored a career-high 27 on 10-of-17 shooting February 5 as West Virginia (17-8, 7-7) recorded an 83-78 overtime triumph against the Panthers.
The Mountaineers, who rank first in the Big East with 642 attempted 3-pointers, made 15-of-40 from the arc in that victory. In this one, they made 42 percent (11-of-26) of their 3-pointers.
"I wouldn't call it a good matchup, but there's a give and take," West Virginia coach John Beilein said. "Three-pointers are worth more than the two-pointer. We just needed to stay in that game. I don't think we had a matchup advantage over them, we just happened to hang in there at the end."
Pittsburgh appeared to be in position to avenge that loss after taking a 34-24 lead after 20 minutes.
The Panthers pushed their advantage to 56-42 on Antonio Graves' layup with 9:26 left before Pittsnogle took over, nailing a pair of 3-pointers around another basket by Graves to cut the deficit to 58-48 two minutes later.
Chevon Troutman hit a jumper on the other end, but Pittsburgh did not make a basket thereafter as West Virginia closed the game with a 22-6 run.
"As well as we played early on, in the last 10 minutes, we didn't do things as well as we needed to," Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. "To say the least, this is very disappointing to be in the situation we were at and come up short like that."
Pittsnogle ignited the spurt with a 3-pointer and gave the Mountaineers their first lead since early in the first half with a hook shot with just over a minute remaining that made it 66-64.
Patrick Beilein and Johannes Herber each recorded a steal on Pittsburgh's next two possessions, while Pittsnogle and Beilein combined to hit 4-of-6 free throws to seal the victory.
Beilein added 12 points and four assists off the bench for the Mountaineers, who shot 72 percent (13-of-18) overall and 75 percent (6-of-8) from the arc in the second half.
With the 6-11 Pittsnogle taking the game outside, Pittsburgh was forced to play a smaller lineup and keep starting center Chris Taft on the bench for most of the second half.
"They spaced the floor offensively and often times they played smaller with four guards out there," Dixon said. "They play to their strengths. Tonight, it came through when they were making their shots and making those threes. They do a good job of spacing the floor and shooting the ball, making them tough to guard."
"I was kind of happy because (Taft and reserve center Aaron Gray) are big, physical guys," Pittsnogle said. "When they're in, they're tough to guard."
Troutman scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures for Pittsburgh, which has lost three games at home this season after losing just once in its first two campaigns at the Petersen Events Center.
In winning for the fifth time in six games, West Virginia kept its NCAA Tournament hopes alive with two winnable games - against Rutgers on Saturday and at Seton Hall on March 5 - before starting the Big East Tournament.
"The kids believed in each other and in what they can do," coach Beilein said. "Slowly and surely, I think they're understanding what togetherness can achieve."