Senior center Kevin Pittsnogle is our pick for player of the game against Wofford.
The 6'11" Martinsburg native kept the Mountaineers afloat in the first half by scoring 13 of the 19 points registered by West Virginia. For the game, Kevin finished with 19 points on 6-15 shooting, and a perfect 6-6 from the foul line.
He also showed improvement in two areas. First, he scored four of his five field goals in the paint. With his outside shooting not on target for much of the game (1-6 from three), Kevin showed the maturity to go inside and get the easy buckets to lead his team to victory. Pittsnogle hauled down eight rebounds to go with his 19 points. With the improved inside scoring and rebounding, it looks early on as if Kevin has really developed his all-around game.
Frank Young deserves recognition for his clutch play in the second half. The junior forward started the half on a personal 8-0 run, and also picked up a couple of steals. He filled out the stat sheet with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
Patrick Beilein provided a great spark off the bench. The senior sixth man netted 12 points on four three's, including one he banked in (no word on if he called bank.)
And what else can you say about Joe Herber? The senior guard scored just four points, but finished with 10 assists, and eight rebounds. Through the first two games, Herber has a gaudy 20-3 assist-to-turnover ratio. Although NCAA stats typically aren't released until early December, the bet here is that Herber's assist-to-turnover ratio is tops in the land.