Pittsburgh Gilbert Brown and Ashton Gibbs made two free throws each in the final 30 seconds after No. 25 Pittsburgh staged a frantic rally to tie it in regulation, then weathered three exhausting overtimes and West Virginia’s own comeback to beat the No. 5 Mountaineers, 98-95, on Friday night.
Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker scored 24 points each for Pitt (19-6, 8-4), which tied Georgetown and West Virginia for third place in the Big East by avenging a 19-point loss in Morgantown only 10 days before.
Da’Sean Butler had 32 points and 11 rebounds, but couldn’t prevent the Mountaineers (19-5, 8-4) from losing their second in a row after they led by double digits for much of a game that featured a successive of momentum swings and missed chances.
The longest of the 180 games played by the Backyard Brawl rivals was also one of the most exhausting, with the Mountaineers failing to hold a double-digit lead, Pitt surging back to tie it after trailing by five points with 35 seconds to play in regulation.