Virginia Tech Player of the Game/Quick Recap

WVU clinched a spot in the Big East tournament with their 71-67 win over Virginia Tech, as freshman Kevin Pittsnogle tossed in 18 points to earn player of the game honors.

Pittsnogle hit six of his 12 shots from the floor, including three of five from three point range, to help WVU topple Tech.

The Martinsburg, W. Va. native added three rebounds and two assists, and also blocked a shot and recorded a steal in 33 minutes of action. Pittsnogle also made all three of his free throws.

The Mountaineers overcame a dominating Tech performance on the boards to lock up their trip to the Big Apple. Tech snared 23 offensive rebounds and fifty overall, but couldn't overcome WVU's persistence. The Mountaineers held Tech to 36.1% shooting from the field, and desipte a ten shot advantage, the Hokies could not muster enough points to come away with the road win.

Drew Schifino led WVU with 19 points, but struggled against Tech's zone defense for much of the afternoon. He also missed seven of his 14 free throw attempts, but made two of four in the final minute to keep WVU ahead.

Joe Herber added ten points and Tyrone Sally eight. Sally also grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Mountaineers in that category.

Barring a late upset, WVU will face Providence in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday.

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