WVU beats Radford, moves to 4-0

Mike Gansey scored 15 points to lead West Virginia to a 78-44 win over Radford Saturday. WVU started 4-0 for the first time under John Beilein.

Radford (4-2) led 8-0 before WVU rallied over the next seven minutes to take its first lead, 23-22, with 8:21 left in the half. It was the only lead change of the game.

The Mountaineers (4-0) mixed solid zone defense and their trademark patient offense. The Highlanders seemed lost for portions of the first half as WVU out-shot and out-hustled the visitors to lead 43-27 at the half.

WVU held Radford scoreless for stretches of 5:31 and 6:35 during runs of 13 and 15 straight points, respectively.

Tyrone Sally added 13 points for West Virginia. Kevin Pittsnogle added 12. Darris Nichols, in a contest against his hometown school, scored a career-high 10. Patrick Beilein also scored 10.

Whit Holcomb-Faye scored a game-high 16 points for Radford.

Pittsnogle and Beilein hit back-to-back three-pointers for a 59-37 lead with 10:27 left. It was the fourth straight game the Mountaineers made at least nine three-pointers. WVU had 10.

Radford's Ivan Wilson was called for a technical for throwing an elbow with 3:55 to play in the first half. Beilein, who is tied for WVU's the all-time consecutive free throw mark, missed both shots. It was WVU's only free throw misses of the half.

West Virginia emptied the bench with 4:25 left. Luke Bonner, who along with Brad Byerson scored his first college points, tied the large lead of 34 with a jumper with 10 seconds left for the final score.

WVU has scored more than 70 points in every game this year. The Mountaineers scored 70 or more points just nine times in 31 games last season.

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