Player of the Game - SBU

If Mike Gansey continues playing at this pace, he's going to sweep player of the game honors for much of the season.

The senior transfer from St. Bonaventure burned his former team for 28 points and helped hold off a furious Bonnie rally in West Virginia's 66-61 win in Rochester, N.Y.

Gansey had eight consecutive points to help the West Virginia build an early 13-4 lead, had five more in a row to rally the Mountaineers from a 46-45 deficit, then capped the stellar performance with four consecutive free throws in the final twenty seconds to sew up the win.

Gansey made ten of his 19 shots from the field, including 4-9 from long range, and was a perfect 4-4 from the line after struggling from the stripe earlier in the season. He also added four steals and one blocked shot in 36 minutes of action.

NET BURNERS

  • Kevin Pittsnogle showed some growth in his interior offensive game by hitting three short layups after flashing inside off screens. Normally in those situations, Pittsnogle flares to the three point line, but teams have been jumping those screens and chaeting to the outside. Pittsnogle made the defenders pay for that move by cutting inside and getting passes for wide open shots, which made up nearly half of his 20 points from the field.

  • J.D. Collins turned in another quiet performance that wasn't noticed by many, but it was his direction of the offense that kept the Mountaineers in the game. Collins had seven assists and no turnovers.

  • Joe Herber didn't score a point in the game, but made one of the biggest plays when he snared a defensive rebound with 21 seconds to go and the Mountaineers leading by four. The big defensive snatch forced the Bonnies into fouling mode, which Mike Gansey took full advantage of by hitting four of four down the stretch. Herber also recorded six assists against just one turnover.

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