MORGANTOWN - Just about nothing went right for West Virginia in its Big Monday game with Pitt at the Coliseum, be it loose balls or shots that just wouldn't fall. Shoot, even when Bob Huggins tried to yell at Truck Bryant, it backfired on him in the form of a technical foul.
Of course, that's pretty much the way things tend to go when a team finds itself mired in the kind of slump in which the Mountaineers currently find themselves.
After West Virginia's 72-66 loss to the Panthers, though, Huggins would only allow that the breaks of the game were a small part of the problem. After all, sometimes you have to make your own breaks.
"We don't converge on the ball,'' Huggins said. "Yeah, I'm sure they got some bounces. You always get some bounces. But our center had the ball at the start of the second half and they just snatched the ball and got a layup. They beat us to the ball. We stand around and watch too much.''
Well, to start the second half of the Big East season, what the Mountaineers are watching now is not pretty.
The loss extended West Virginia's losing skid to three games and marked the first time since Huggins returned to WVU that he's lost three in a row.
The Mountaineers (15-8, 5-5 Big East) at least temporarily dropped to a tie for eighth place in the league, but now face a bit of a break after playing three games in six days. They have just one - Sunday at Providence - in the next eight days.
Pitt (14-9, 3-7) continued its surge after suffering through an eight-game losing streak that included an 0-7 start to league play. The Panthers have now won three in a row.
The loss also extended to four WVU's current losing streak to the Panthers, who beat West Virginia in largely the same way they usually do.
"They just out-toughed us,'' said Kevin Jones, who managed his 14th double-double of the season and 26th of his career with 21 points and 13 rebounds. "They just wanted it more. They beat us to every loose ball. They played as a team.''
Well, perhaps, but Pitt also got an exceptional individual performance, too.
Tray Woodall, who averages less than 11 points per game and missed 12 games during Pitt's worst stretch of the season, had 16 points by halftime as the Panthers recovered from a cold start to lead 33-29 at the break. He would finish with 24. Gibbs added 15.