Thursday , Dec , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

West Virginia knocks off GW to remain unbeaten

Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) – Mike Gansey made 4-of-5 three-point
attempts for a game-high 19 points as unbeaten West Virginia knocked off 20th-
ranked George Washington 71-65 at WVU Coliseum.

D’or Fischer added 15 points for the Mountaineers (9-0), who are off to their
best start since the 1959-60 squad won their first 10 contests of that year.

J.R. Pinnock and T.J. Thompson each had 14 points for the Colonials (8-2), who
had won eight in a row since a season-opening loss to Wake Forest, which
included wins over nationally-ranked foes Maryland and Michigan State. Mike
Hall compiled 13 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

George Washington shot just 38.7 percent for the night and trailed by 15
points early in the second half before cutting WVU’s lead to one with around
three minutes left.

The Mountaineers were ahead 32-26 at halftime and opened the second half
with an 11-2 run, capped by Tyrone Sally’s three-pointer, to take a
commanding 43-28 advantage with just over two minutes into the frame.

The Colonials got within single digits when Hall’s layup with 12:32 to go made
the score 53-44 and they continued to chip away at the lead. Thompson was
fouled on a three-point attempt with 3:08 remaining and made all three shots
from the line, ending a 7-1 run which put GW down 62-61.

Gansey then scored on a fastbreak layup with 2:41 left to extend the margin to
three and the teams traded baskets as West Virginia clung to a 66-63 edge
heading into the final minute.

Thompson missed a potential-tying three-pointer with 35 seconds on the clock
and the Mountaineers sunk 3-of-4 free throws to seal the win.