"As a coach, you talk about what you can become and what you want to be and this is an example of a team that continued to battle and do the work," Pitt Coach Jamie Dixon said.
Woodall, in his fourth game back after missing five in row and 11 of 12, had 24 points. Pitt was 5-7 without Woodall and is 3-1 since he returned.
"Destroyed us," Huggins said. "Absolutely destroyed us."
A junior point guard averaging 10.9 points, Woodall scored 16 in the first half. He had four points Saturday against Georgetown and just 17 in the two games before that. He made up for the ineffectiveness of Ashton Gibbs, the team's leading scorer (16.5), who needed seven free throws to get 15 points.
"We were more focused on Gibbs than Woodall," Browne said.
Kevin Jones led WVU with 21 points and 13 rebounds, his 15th double-double and his eighth straight game with at least 20 points. Truck Bryant added 12 points and seven assists, but he was 2-for-7 from 3-point range and wasn't credited with a 2-point attempt. He tried just one, but it didn't count because he was fouled. He also cost his team a point, though it was out of his control.
Bryant goofed up a defensive rotation in the second half and fouled Dante Taylor on his layup. Huggins said he was yelling across the floor at Bryant when official Sean Corbin called a technical on Huggins.
"I've had in my career, obviously, a bunch of technicals, but I've never had one for yelling at a player for not making a rotation," Huggins said. "I was frustrated because I've got a four-year guy who doesn't make a rotation.
"As much and as hard as we work and as good as we've been defensively - which he was a part of - not making a rotation, I was yelling at him and this guy Ts me up from across the court. And I'm yelling at Truck. (Corbin) couldn't have even thought I was yelling at him. He was not even in my field of vision."
Gibbs made one of the two free throws and then Taylor completed the three-point play to give Pitt a 41-31 lead. The Mountaineers are 1-6 in games they fall behind by at least 10 points.
Deniz Kilicli had 12 points on 6-for-13 shooting and didn't attempt a free throw. He was 2-for-10 from the floor in Saturday's loss to Syracuse. In the past four games, he's 16-for-38 from the floor and 2-for-7 from the free-throw line.
"Personally," he said, "I'd like to punch some stuff right now. That's how I feel."
His play will become much more important now. His backup, redshirt freshman Kevin Noreen, broke his left ankle late in the first half and is out indefinitely.
Freshman Jabarie Hinds missed 7 of his 11 shots and scored 10 points. Browne had six points, but in the second half missed the front end of a one-and-one down by five, turned the ball over with a bad pass in transition down by five and then was called for a charge in transition when down by four.
WVU outrebounded Pitt 32-31, despite the Panthers being No. 3 in the country in rebounding margin. The only noticeably different stat in a six-point game was the Panthers making three more baskets.
Pitt had far better success getting to and gathering loose balls and making the most of the extra opportunities.
The Mountaineers, who played three games in six days, are off until Sunday when they play at Providence (12-10, 1-8).
"They were the tougher team and they did what it took to win and we didn't," Jones said. "Especially with the young guys, you can see we're mentally and physically drained. With us losing three in a row, this is a good time for everyone to sit back and get refocused."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.