Player of the Game - Providence

Kevin Pittsnogle was the brightest star on a cold Wednesday afternoon in New York as he helped West Virginia shoot down Providence 82-59 in the opening round of the Big East Tournament.

Pittsnogle made five of his eight three point attempts and converted seven of 13 tries overall from the field on his way to a game high 24 points. He also hit five of his six free throw tries, including two technicals in the second half that came as the result of a technical foul against Providence coach Tim Welsh.

The 6-11 junior got WVU off to the good start it so desperately needed by scoring the Mountaineers' first 11 points of the game. Pittsnogle opened the scoring with a driving layup, hit a three-pointer, took a pass from Mike Gansey for another layup, made a free throw, then drained another three in front of the Providence bench to help power WVU to an early 11-4 lead. He continued his solid shooting throughout the game, and never let the Friars mount a serious charge to get back into the contest.

In just 24 minutes of action, he snared eight rebounds, which matched Ryan Gomes' and Tuukka Kotti's game high totals. Pittsnogle also dished out an assist, but it was his shooting that paved the way for West Virginia's big win.

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