Player of the Game - St. Peter's

WVU's senior center dominated inside enroute to 24 points in the Mountaineers' season opening win.

On West Virginia's first possession of the game, Tyrone Sally fed a lovely pass to D'or Fischer, who slammed it home to give the Mountaineers an early lead. That play was an indicator of things to come, as Fischer continued his interior dominance in WVU's 82-70 win.

Fischer just missed a double-double, scoring 24 points and collecting nine rebounds against the shorter St. Peter's squad. He also blocked four shots and had one assist in 29 minutes of play.

"We've been working on getting the ball inside," Fischer said following the game. "The guards know if they can see my numbers, they can throw it to me. I have been working hard to get open and prove that I can score."

Fischer did just that, but he wasn't limited to dunks and layups. He also stepped out on a couple of occasions to hit 15 foot jumpers - something that is designed for him in the WVU offense.

"We have one play that's set up to free him up for that shot," head coach John Beilein said of Fischer's mid-range shots. "That's a shot he is comfortable with."

One second half sequence displayed Fischer's dominance in the game. During a three and a half minute span, Fischer snared an offensive rebound and hit a stickback, made a mid-range jumper, stepped out to hit another fifteen footer, and capped the scoring spree with yet another short jumpshot. The last hoop gave WVU a 14-point lead with 6:41 to go and put WVU into cruise control the rest of the way.

Unlike many major Division 1 schools, WVU will hit the road next week. On Thanksgiving Eve, the Mountianeers will travel to Pittsburgh for a faceoff with the Duquesne Dukes, in what is hoped to be the first leg of a successful two day Mountaineer trip to the Steel City.


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