The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

February 4, 2010

No. 6 WVU pounds Pitt, 70-51

MORGANTOWN — For the most part, Deniz Kilicli’s English is just fine, but sometime early before West Virginia University and Pittsburgh played patty-cake on the Coliseum floor before the third largest crowd ever to cram its way in for a basketball game, the players were sitting around the locker room looking a newspaper article.

As he read it, Kilicli was stumped by one word.

“What is this brawl?” he asked, unsure about what it meant as in “Backyard Brawl.”

Now he knows, as West Virginia’s 70-51 victory over Pittsburgh turned into everything that the Backyard Brawl is supposed to be.

“They tell me it is a fight,” Kilicli continued, explaining the locker room conversation. “I say, ‘Oh, they like to fight? They’re on. They can brawl with us.’”

And brawl they did, the game marred by a scuffle under the Pitt basket that was more pushing and shoving between the Mountaineers’ John Flowers and Pitt’s Nasir Robinson than anything really serious, with WVU’s Da’Sean Butler and Joe Mazzulla getting involved, as did the Panthers’ Gary McGee, who despite being a mountain of man was not a threat to anyone as he missed layup after layup from point blank range, showing that he couldn’t hit anything.

The truth is, the game did nothing to diminish West Virginia’s basketball reputation, but it was an absolute disgrace on the student section, which was ridiculously obscene with its constant chanting that went far beyond the bounds of decency and which threw things on the floor, hitting one Pitt assistant in the eye with a coin that cost the Mountaineers a technical.

It reached the point that coach Bob Huggins had to stop yelling at his players to grab the microphone to admonish them … and it was typical Huggins.

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