Kevin Pittsnogle is our pick for player of the game in West Virginia's three-point road loss to Cincinnati.
Pittsnogle played one of his best all-around games of the season as he finished with a game-high 23 points, and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. The senior from Martinsburg did much of his scoring on the inside. Of his nine field goals, seven came from inside the three-point line.
Had it not been for Pittsnogle's play in the first half (11 points, five rebounds) the Blue and Gold likely would have been way out of the game at intermission.
Cincinnati point guard Devan Downey was very effective with penetrating the 1-3-1 zone. The freshman finished with 16 points and 10 assists. His ability to penetrate the zone led to a Cincy run to start the second half, and was a big reason why the Bearcats shot 55 percent after halftime.
The Bearcats also did a much better job taking care of the basketball than they did in Morgantown. Andy Kennedy's crew finished with just seven turnovers, which is one less than they had prior to the first TV timeout a few weeks ago in Morgantown.
Mike Gansey was clearly the focus of the Cincinnati defense in the first half as he was held scoreless for most of that time. But after the break, the Ohioan broke out of his slump to finish the game with 20 points (17 in the second half.)
Junior forward Frank Young was also effective throughout the game, finishing with 13 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.