MORGANTOWN - There was a time in Monday's hoops version of the Backyard Brawl in which the Coliseum literally shook.
Afterward, however, the Mountaineer players, not their building, were shaken.
Pittsburgh won its third straight, this one 72-66, while West Virginia fell for the third straight time.
The blowout at the end of the Seton Hall game, the blown call at the end of the Syracuse loss and the blown opportunity at home against rival Pitt finally seemed to hit the Mountaineers.
"Personally, I'd like to punch some stuff right now," said WVU center Deniz Kilicli. "That's how I feel. I don't want to do anything; I don't want to talk to anybody."
"It's really frustrating what's going on. I mean, I know we could have beaten Syracuse. We could've beaten Pitt. We could've beaten St. John's. And we didn't. It's slipped away. And that's really frustrating."
WVU point guard Jabarie Hinds likewise hung his head.
"They got every loose ball," Hinds said of Pitt. "We weren't hungry enough to get any. It showed."
Actually, a couple things showed. One, Pitt is back after regaining point guard Tray Woodall. Despite the Panthers' record of 14-9, coach Jamie Dixon has a talented team. His program is one of the nation's top five in regard to winning percentage over the last 11 years. It was picked in the preseason coaches' poll to finish fourth in the Big East, while the Mountaineers were picked to finish seventh. The league's coaches know a little bit about talent.
Woodall has returned from injury in dazzling form. On Monday, he lit up Hinds, among others for 24 points.
"I learned something," Hinds said. "He won the battle. He had a very good game. I'm going to watch film on this game and see all my mistakes and keep getting better."
Pitt is getting better. Perhaps West Virginia's young team is getting tired. Kilicli and others pointed to the Panthers' effectiveness on loose balls.