While many players had solid outings in the exhibition win over Wheeling Jesuit, it was Frank Young who stood out to earn our player of the game honors.
The junior forward from Tallahassee, Fla. had started before in the Big East tournament, but is now expected to be more of a contributor with the graduation of Tyrone Sally. Young responded well, and finished the game with 13 points and five rebounds in the Mountaineers' 91-44 victory.
Frank shot 5-10 from the floor, including 3-6 from behind the three point arc in 20 minutes of action. Young also helped on the boards, snaring six caroms to help pace WVU to an 11 rebound advantage over the shorter Cardinals. He added two assists and a steal while committing no turnovers.
Kevin Pittsnogle and Mike Gansey. While Beilein's squad is known for playing great as a team, there's no question that Pittsnogle and Gansey are the most recognized names for the Mountaineers. With that target on their backs, the pair wound up with 17 points each in the contest. Pittsnogle was 3-4 from three point range, and showed improved rebounding by grabbing six boards. Gansey was his usual productive self, also snaring six rebounds while hitting a couple of his patented reverse layups.
Darris Nichols. The sophomore point guard showed marked improvement from last season. Sharing the point guard duties with J.D. Collins, and also getting some time at shooting guard, Nichols finished with eight points and eight rebounds. He could have easily scored more points, but concentrated on running the offense and getting everyone involved in the flow.
Joe Alexander's dunk. We've all heard how athletic the freshman from Mt. Airy, Md. is, but tonight that was displayed to the Blue and Gold fans for the first time. Alexander drove the baseline on a play in the first half, and made a poster out of Wheeling Jesuit forward Jhared Simpson player. If you weren't at the game, let me put it like this: had this been one of those And1 Mix-Tape DVDs, Alexander's dunk would have resulted with the entire crowd running onto the court in celebration.