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Levance Fields, whose assist-to-turnover ratio is the best in the nation, kept Pittsburgh close by repeatedly finding open teammates under the basket.
The stocky senior guard from Brooklyn hit Young on a soaring alley-oop jam with 7:41 left in the first half, then a couple minutes later made a nifty touch pass to Gilbert Brown cutting to the basket for another easy dunk and a 27-26 lead.
Butler, West Virginia's leading scorer, got in his own foul trouble after picking up his third trying to post up on offense with 1:20 left before halftime, prompting a foot-stomping tantrum by Huggins in front of the Mountaineers' bench.
Butler sat to start the second half, but it sure didn't make much difference.
Ebanks' highlight slam over the outstretched arm of Jermaine Dixon made it 45-37 just over three minutes in, and a few minutes later Blair picked up a technical foul for shoving Ruoff after a missed shot underneath the Pittsburgh hoop.
Ruoff made both free throws, setting West Virginia off on an 8-0 spurt. By the time the senior guard made a layup with 8:59 to go, the Mountaineers led 61-47 and a sizable contingent in the corner of the arena dressed in yellow was roaring in approval.
They coasted from there, right into the semifinals, one step closer to their first conference tournament title since 1984.
"We were outplayed," Dixon said, running his hands through his slicked-back hair. "It's just one of those games where you have to do a better job. West Virginia is a very good team. They only lose to good people."
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