WVU Crushes Outmanned Pan American

Mike Gansey's 22 points led West Virginia to a 97-42 exhibition win Monday over Pan American of Mexico.

The transfer's athleticism showed early as he sparked WVU's normally patient, three-point shooting offense into a fast-breaking inside attack. Pan American never adjusted to the speed of WVU's outlet passes and quickly fell behind 23-5 and trailed 56-19 at halftime.

West Virginia hit just eight of 31 three-point tries, though it didn't matter score-wise. WVU outclassed Pan American athletically and utilized quick breakaways for runs of 17, 14 and 13 straight points in a game more lopsided than the score.

The Mountaineers scored 58 of their points in transition or inside. It was a remarkable contrast for an offense relying on outside threats that were quiet early.

D'or Fischer added 16 points and 10 rebounds in a double-double effort, but many of the boards were off missed outside shots.

Five Mountaineers finished in double-figures, including Tyrone Sally with 14, Kevin Pittsnogle with 13 and Jo Herber with 10.

Sally scored nine straight points in one series that pushed the Mountaineer lead to 50. Frank Young's three-pointer with 3:45 left gave WVU its largest lead of the game, 95-35.

West Virginia ran some pressure man-defense, and when that and even base sets overwhelmed Pan American, head coach John Beilein pulled back the intensity. WVU forced 27 turnovers on a club that lost to a D-III college.

Gerson Hernandez led Pan American (0-7, 0-6 D-I) with 20 points. Roberto Valle scored all his 12 points in the second half.

The Mountaineers had a 53-30 edge in rebounds. Pan American managed just 11 assists to 27 turnovers, many self-inflicted.

WVU opens its season Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at home against St. Peter's.

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