Players of the Game - Providence

Our pick for player of the game from the Mountaineers' win over Providence College.

The gold-clad Mountaineers had trouble putting the ball in the hoop at times tonight, but Kevin Pittsnogle shouldered the load on both ends of the court. The senior from Martinsburg turned in a double-double with 16 points and a career high 11 rebounds to lead West Virginia to victory.

Kevin finished the game 7-15 from the floor, including 2-6 from behind the arc. While his offense was subperb, KP's defense has improved immensely from his freshman season until now. Kevin finished the contest against the Friars with four blocked shots, and at times controlled both ends of the court. If he keeps that up, the better the Mountaineers will be, and the higher his chances of playing in the NBA will be.

NET BURNERS

  • Mike Gansey gets a net burner for another solid performance. Mike, coming off a career high 33 points in Saturday's win over Marquette, finished with a game-high 18 points in addition to six rebounds and three steals.

    It was another gritty effort for Mike, who overcame a poor three-point shooting night (2-7) and was the focus of the Friar defense for much of the evening.

  • He seldom is mentioned in this space, but J.D. Collins deserves a net burner for his steady play. The senior point guard battled through an injury to his wrist, a cut on his leg, and several other bumps and bruises to turn in a solid performance.

    He finished the game with six points and three assists, and was a perfect 4-4 from the foul line.

  • Finally, the WVU Sports Marketing Department deserves recognition for its busy night at the Coliseum. Throughout the game, the Sports Marketing Department is responsible for the fan contests such as the Garfield's shootout, Papa John's final second shootout, etc.

    Tonight saw three contestants in the halftime Papa John's final second shootout walk away with $100 cash in hand. In another promotion, a contestant won a free trip to a club med resort of his choice after nailing a layup, foul shot, and three-point shot.

    And after an inconspicuous absence of several years, the Kroger shopping cart shootout returned to the Coliseum floor. The contestant promptly threw the ball in all four shopping carts in the glorious return of one of the greatest Coliseum promotions of all-time. Hopefully the return of the shopping carts is permenant.

    But please, I beg of you, do not bring back the inflatable Mountaineer.

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