Player of the Game - Canisius

The Pride of Martinsburg, Kevin Pittsnogle, is the easy choice as Player of the Game in West Virginia's 80-68 victory over Canisius College tonight.

Pittsnogle led all scorers with a whopping 34 points on 12 of 20 shooting from the floor, including 4 of 5 from 3 point range, and a perfect 6 for 6 at the free throw line. He got a hot hand in the middle of the first half, putting down 25 points before intermission, including several beautiful hook shots from under the basket.

KP put on quite the shooting clinic this evening, achieving his highest point total since donning the gold and blue. "The last time I scored 30 [points in a game] was in high school," Pittsnogle smiled. "I feel confident every game now about my shooting. You gotta know when to shoot and when not to shoot and still stay in the offense." Kenny Rogers couldn't have said it better.

Head coach John Beilein was effusive in his praise for #34. "Kevin is really playing well, really developing as a complete player. He is becoming one of the great players around the country."

NET BURNERS

Joe Herber certainly deserves a game ball for a solid performance despite his struggles with a heavy cold. In post-game interviews it was clear that he's very congested, but his on-court performance didn't suffer a bit. "My energy and stamina were not what I'd like tonight," he coughed. We're ordering up a big bowl of chicken soup and some Vicks Vapo-Rub for the Darling of Darmstadt. You have to be ready for South Florida in 5 days, Big Guy.

Mike Gansey and his roommate, Patrick Beilein, deserve notice for their clutch free throw shooting in the final minutes to seal the victory. Canisius twice sent bench warmers into the game for 10 seconds to foul Gansey, keeping their three- and four-foul-carrying starters on the court.


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