A monster double-double from the smallest frontline player on the floor made for an easy choice for West Virginia's player of the game in its 88-69 win over Louisiana-Monroe.
Gansey scored 22 points and ripped down fourteen rebounds, including seven on the offesnive end, to help the Mountianeers hold off surprisingly pesky Louisiana Monroe 88-69 on Saturday. Gansey hit his first six shots from the field, finishing 10-14 overall. He hit two of five from three-point range on his way to game high honors for WVU.
His bigger contribution may have come on the boards, however. ULM was not prepared for the quick leaping Gansey, who exploited every gap in rebounding lanes to snare a game high 14 caroms.
Gansey certainly did his part to make up for the loss of D'or Fischer and Tyrone Sally from last year's squad, and will need to continue to be a force up front as WVU tries to find a way to fend off taller and stronger opponents on the glass.
Gansey's high energy play took the Indians aback throughout the contest, whether it was a flashy reverse dunk in transition or a quick leap to tip an offensive rebound back out to a teammate.
"I think we didn't rebound well," ULM head coach Orlando Early said. "Their seniors, with their experience and knowing how to win, they made a
Although he didn't name him, Early obviously had visions of number twenty rising above the crowd to make another hustling, heads up play when it counted.
Each of West Virginia's starters had one of the Mountaineers' first five buckets of the game. Could there be a more perfect illustration of WVU's team play?
Joe Herber narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and ten assists. Herber had just one turnover, which will certainly put him near the top of the NCAA's assist-to-turnover ratio statistics.
J.D. Collins looks much more comfortable with taking his shot in the rhythm of the offense. He hit two of his four chances from beyond the arc, and also drove to the basket aggressively when the opportunity presented itself. If Collins can match his performance of eight points, four assists and zero turnovers for the rest of the year, WVU will be a difficult team to beat on most nights.