Syracuse Quick Recap/Player of the Game

Freshman center Kevin Pittsnogle got off to a hot start on his way to player of the game honors in WVU's 94-80 loss to Syracuse.

Pittsnogle scored 24 points on 10-16 shooting from the floor. He mad three of five from three point range, and added a single point from the line. The Martinsburg, W. Va. native added seven rebounds and one assist in 32 minutes of action.

Pittsnogle hit his first trio of three point shots in the first half to stake West Virginia to a 24-14 lead in the first half.

WVU could not hold the early lead, however, as Syracuse began to figure out the Mountaineers' 1-3-1 zone for some easy hoops. The Orangemen rallied to lead by as many as eight points before WVU put on a late spurt, capped by a Patrcik Beilein three point buzzer beater that gave WVU the lead by one at the half.

In the second half, the Mountaineers were unable to stop Syracuse, as the Orangemen went over and around the outmanned West Virginia defense for open three pointers and numerous dunks. WVU, attempting to rally, shot an icy 3-17 from three point range in the second half.

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