Guard Greg Jones made two free throws with 14 seconds left following a technical foul on Pitt to secure West Virginia's school-record 15th straight victory last night, a 48-45 over the host Panthers after a disputed call disallowed a potential tying foul shot by Steve Beatty.
Beatty scored on a 15-foot jump shot from the right side with 33 seconds to play. That basket cut West Virginia's lead to 44-43.
After Phil Collins missed a foul shot for West Virginia, Beatty was fouled by Lester Rowe on an inbounds pass with 14 seconds to play.
Beatty made the foul shot, but the point was disallowed by referee Jack Prettyman, who ruled Pitt's Clyde Vaughan stepped inside the lane before the ball was in the air.
Spectators threw cups, beer cans and other debris, and Pitt Coach Roy Chipman was assessed a technical foul when he complained vehemently to Prettyman. Jones made both free throws.
"You don't make calls like that," said Vaughan. "I went in as soon as it left his hand. We deserved that game. The refs took it from us."
Collins, who stood next to Vaughan when the free throw was taken, disagreed.
"It was a tough call to make, but it was the right call. His foot was in. But it's a tough way to lose a game," said Collins.
The unranked Mountaineers are 16-1 overall and 7-0 in the Eastern Eight. Pitt is 11-7, 2-4.