Konate, WVU swat Pitt in physical Brawl, 69-59


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West Virginia's Sagaba Konate finishes off a block of Pitt's Malik Ellison - WVU Athletics

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — For being the first time Pitt and West Virginia have brawled in Morgantown since 2012, Pitt's largely new group on the floor got quite the initiation.

Mountaineers forward Sagaba Konate, who was questionable entering the game, came off the bench to be a difference-maker with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots, and his physical presence in a physical game helped make the difference in a 69-59 West Virginia win Saturday afternoon at WVU Coliseum.

Neither team backed down during the bruising matchup, which had 49 fouls called, including five technicals, but West Virginia (6-3) seemed more equipped — whether with size or experience — to handle the rigor of the latest Backyard Brawl installment.

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