Player of the Game - St. Bonaventure

Joe Herber did a little bit of everything in winning player of the game honors for WVU in their match-up with St. Bonaventure in Charleston on Tuesday evening.

Herber tossed in 15 points, mainly on tough drives to the basket, and hit five of his seven attempts on the evening. On a night when the Mountaineers struggled a bit from the field, Herber's solid shooting night allowed the Mountaineers to maintain a double digit lead throughout the second half.

Herber also pulled down six rebounds and had an assists and a steal despite a bloody elbow, which he cut in the first half. The injury caused a uniform change at halftime, resulting in an unfamiliar number 25 on the junior's back after the break.

While Mike Gansey (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Tyrone Sally (17 points, eight boards) were also candidates, Herber seemed to come up with clutch hoops at just the right time to stemp potential St. Bonaventure rallies.

When the Mountaineers went cold from long range in the second half, Herber gave the Mountaineers a spark with three clutch drives to keep the pesky Bonnies at bay during a tough stretch with just under ten minutes remaining.

After the Bonnies had cut the lead to 13, Herber responded with a dribble drive from just past half court in transition through four defenders to get a surprisingly easy bucket to get the lead back to 15. Twice more, Herber took the ball to the hole during the stretch when the Bonnies appeared to be ready to make a run. Both of those resulted in buckets which kept WVU out of range of the resilient St. Bonaventure squad.


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