MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Joe Alexander matched a career-high with 32 points as West Virginia avenged an earlier defeat with a 76-62 win over rival Pittsburgh on Monday.
The Panthers beat West Virginia 55-54 on Feb. 7 on a last-second 3-pointer. Alexander made sure it wasn't that close this time, using a series of jumpers and moves in the paint to match the 32 points he scored in a 79-71 loss to No. 15 Connecticut on Saturday.
With West Virginia ahead 40-30, Alexander scored six consecutive points in the paint to give the Mountaineers a 47-30 edge just two minutes into the second half.
Nichols and Ruoff added 17 points for West Virginia.
Pitt was outrebounded 35-30 and never appeared comfortable challenging inside, allowing 30 points in the paint.
West Virginia (21-9, 10-7 Big East) moved into sixth place in the Big East ahead of Pitt (21-9, 9-8).