A familiar face stood out yet again in West Virginia's rout over UMBC.
Mike Gansey finished with a game-high 24 points in the Mountaineers' 82-53 victory. Gansey finished the game a jaw-dropping 10-12 from the field, including 2-4 from downtown to earn our player of the game nod yet again.
It was the same old full stat line for the junior from Olmstead Falls, Oh. Mike rounded out the stat sheet with four assists, three rebounds, and three steals. He did it yet again with a solid mix of run outs, outside shooting, and slashing to the hoop on his way to 24 points.
The veterans deserve a net burner for putting the game away in the first half. With the Mountaineers leading 20-16, Joe Herber and Gansey entered the game and sparked the Blue and Gold to a 12-0 run to break the game wide open. Three pointers by Kevin Pittsnogle, Patrick Beilein, and a pair from Gansey contributed to the run.
Not to be outdone, the younger players were much improved in the second half. Sophomore point guard Darris Nichols had his best minutes of the season thus far, and finished the game with nine points. Junior forward Frank Young got rolling in the final frame as well, finishing with seven points.
Finally, this was a complete team effort on the part of West Virginia. The Mountaineers had 26 assists on 32 baskets, shot 13-29 (44.8 percent) from three, and forced 25 Retriever turnovers.