Player of the Game - Creighton

Senior Tyrone Sally overcame a tough start to record several monster plays, including the game-winning dunk, as West Virginadefeated Creighton 63-61 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Sally, who played just ten minutes in the first half, scored just two points and had only one rebound. He admitted that he "couldn't play any worse", but with five minutes to go int he game, the quiet senior made several big plays to steal the win for the Mountaineers.

With 5:46 to go, Sally stole the ball from Tyler McKinney and buried a three-pointer on the other end to tie the game at 53, but that was just the start of his heroics. On the Bluejays next possession, Mike Gansey came up with a steal, but dribbled the ball off his foot. As the ball was headed out of bounds, Sally swooped out of nowhere to save the ball and drop a picture perfect pass back to Gansey, who roared in for a dunk to give the Mountaineers a 55-53 lead.

Still, the best was yet to come. With only 42 seconds left on the clock, Sally drove to the basket and was fouled. His two free throws were perfect, tying the game at 61. And then came the play that Mountaineer fans will long remember. Sally flew out to the three point line to block Nate Funk's three point attempt. The rebound went to Kevin Pittsnogle, who forwarded it to Gansey, who found Sally streaking behind the defense for the winning dunk with 2.4 seconds left to play.

Sally finished with 12 points, three rebounds, an assists, the big block and two steals, but it was his huge turnaround in the final five minutes that earned him our player of the game honors.

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