Players of the Game - Marquette

On a day where seemingly everything went right for the Mountaineer basketball team, Mike Gansey stood a tad bit above the rest of the crowd.

Gansey's performance was nothing short of incredible as he finished the game with a career-high 33 points, including eight three pointers to lead West Virginia to it's fourth consecutive Big East win.

The Olmstead Falls, Oh. product had 17 points in the game's first nine minutes, and topped his previous career high of 29 (against Wake Forest in the NCAA Tournament) with just under eight minutes to play in regulation.

"Anybody who has the opportunity to take him at the next level would be absolutely ridiculous not to," Marquette head coach Tom Crean said after the game. "He makes everyone better. John (Beilein) and the people of Morgantown are probably the presidents of the fan club, but I'm a charter member."


  • Kevin Pittsnogle added a "quiet" 30 points to make him and Gansey the first Mountaineer duo to surpass the 30 point mark in the same game since Dave Raeser (42) and Carl Head (33) did it in a 1967 game against Richmond.

    Pittsnogle finished the game 10-18 from the floor, including 4-8 from three-point range.

  • As a team, the Mountaineers had an assist to turnover ratio of 25-5. The home team assisted on 25 of 33 field goals, and didn't turn the ball over in the second half.

    On the defensive end, West Virginia forced 21 Marquette turnovers, which led to 26 of the Mountaineers' points.

  • And how can you not give a net burner to the three point marksmanship of the Mountaineers? They broke a Big East record by finishing the game with 20 threes, 12 of which came in the first half.

    Gansey is now shooting about 52 percent from three-point range for the season, while Pittsnogle checks in at 48 percent.

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