Toussaint, Stevenson lead WVU over Pittsburgh 81-56

Nov 11, 2022, 4:40 AM | Updated: 6:58 pm
West Virginia's Mohamed Wague, second from right,shoots over Pittsburgh's Federiko Federiko (33) du...

West Virginia's Mohamed Wague, second from right,shoots over Pittsburgh's Federiko Federiko (33) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

              West Virginia's Jimmy Bell Jr., right, shoots over Pittsburgh's Federiko Federiko, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              Pittsburgh's Nelly Cummings, right, tries to control the ball from the floor in front of West Virginia's Kedrian Johnson, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              Pittsburgh's Nelly Cummings (0) shoots as West Virginia's Mohamed Wague, right, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              Pittsburgh's Nike Sibande (22) drives against West Virginia's Joe Toussaint (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              West Virginia's Emmitt Matthews Jr. (1) goes in for a dunk past Pittsburgh's Federiko Federiko during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              West Virginia's Joe Toussaint, right, and Pittsburgh's Nike Sibande, left, battle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              Pittsburgh's Jamarius Burton, top, shoots over West Virginia's Erik Stevenson (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins talks to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              West Virginia's Erik Stevenson (10) scores in front of Pittsburgh's Blake Hinson (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              Pittsburgh's Greg Elliott (3) grabs his leg after being injured during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. Elliott left the game for awhile but returned to play. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              The ball is thrown past Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel as he gestures during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              West Virginia's Joe Toussaint, left, scores past Pittsburgh's Nate Santos during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              West Virginia's Kedrian Johnson (0) shoots as Pittsburgh's Nate Santos defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. West Virginia won 81-56. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              Pittsburgh's Greg Elliott (3) shoots as West Virginia's James Okonkwo (32) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. Elliott was injured on the play and left the game for awhile but returned to play. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
            
              West Virginia's Mohamed Wague, second from right,shoots over Pittsburgh's Federiko Federiko (33) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Toussaint scored 18 points, Erik Stevenson added 16 and West Virginia beat Pittsburgh 81-56 in the Backyard Brawl on Friday night.

West Virginia (2-0) won its sixth straight over Pittsburgh (1-1), the longest streak in the series between the schools 75 miles apart.

Pittsburgh went nearly five minutes without a field goal, allowing the Mountaineers to extend a nine-point halftime lead. Stevenson made three baskets in about a two-minute stretch to put West Virginia ahead 56-40 with 14:55 left in the game.

Nelly Cummings, playing with four fouls, hit a pair of baskets 33 seconds apart to cut the deficit to 59-49 with 9:02 left, but Pittsburgh got no closer.

West Virginia finished the game on a 22-7 run with Toussaint scoring eight in that stretch.

The Mountaineers shot 53% (30 of 57) from the floor and forced 19 Pittsburgh turnovers.

Mohamed Wague added 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting and Emmitt Matthews scored 10 for West Virginia.

Jamarius Burton led Pittsburgh with 16 points and Greg Elliott added 12. Blake Hinson, who scored 27 points in Pittsburgh’s 80-58 win Monday over UT Martin, was held to five points.

Stevenson and Burton were teammates at Wichita State and transferred after the 2019-20 season. Stevenson went to Washington for one season, then to South Carolina for another. Burton headed to Texas Tech for one season.

BIG PICTURE

West Virginia: Coach Bob Huggins earned his 918th career win, moving within two of Jim Calhoun for third place all-time among Division I coaches, behind only Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and recently retired Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Pittsburgh: The Panthers were plagued by foul trouble for much of the game and were limited to 20 points after halftime.

UP NEXT

West Virginia: The Mountaineers host Morehead State on Tuesday night.

Pittsburgh: The Panthers face No. 22 Michigan in the Legends Classic next Wednesday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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Toussaint, Stevenson lead WVU over Pittsburgh 81-56