Mike Gansey was all over the floor in WVU's narrow 76-75 loss to Texas in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic
Gansey scored a game high 28 points on 12-20 shooting from the field as the Mountaineers gave the Longhorns all they wanted on Monday night. The Ohio native made three of his shots from beyond the arc and dashed through and by a Texas
defense that was clearly at a loss to contain him.
Gansey might have been even more vaulable on defense, as he played the point of WVU's 1-3-1 like a Tasmanian Devil. The lanky, long-armed wing continually tipped passes and created havoc with the Texas offense, finishing the game with three steals and numerous deflections. He added one assist, and did not commit a turnover in 36 minutes of action.
Joe Alexander played several solid minutes in the first half and acquitted himself well. His performance could set him up for more minutes as the season progresses.
Alexander entered the game and immediately grabbed a defensive board, then sent an outlet pass upcourt to start a fast break. He also had an offensive rebound later during his stint on the floor.
The true freshman was also a cool customer in running the offense, as he slickly banked home an eight-footer, then followed it with two free throws on a later possession after being fouled on his way to the basket. It was an excellent performance against the nubmer two team in the country.
It might be redundant, but in case no one has noticed, John Beilein is an outstanding coach. His offensive system produces good scoring chances no matter what type of defense the Mountaineers face, and he always has his team well-prepared. In a game in which WVU was at least a seven-point underdog, he kept his squad in it throughout.