Player of the Game - Pan American

Transfer Mike Gansey gave Mountaineer fans a glimpse of his style of play during WVU's 97-42 win over Pan American of Mexico on Monday evening.

Gansey hit nine of his 13 field goal attempts and was a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line, giving him 22 points in 30 minutes of action. Gansey was something of a surprise starter for the Mountaineers, as expectations had been that he would fill the sixth man role. However, head coach John Beilein indicated that depending on the opposition, Gansey could be in the starting lineup.

The hustling junior grabbed six rebounds and added five assists and two steals for an almost spotless stat sheet. He did not commit a turnover. The only blemish on his line was an 0-4 mark from three-point range.

Two moments highlighted Gansey's strengths. On the first, while competing for a loose ball, Gansey dove headlong to gain possession, then flipped a pass to Darris Nichols who completed the sequence with a thunderous dunk. Gansey then turned in one of his own as he posterized a Pan American defender with a tomahawk jam as the first half clock was winding down.

WVU opens the season with a game against St. Peter's on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Coliseum.


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