Pittsnogle and Mountaineers hold off Canisius
Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) – Kevin Pittsnogle scored a game-high 34
points on 12-of-20 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds to lead 25th-ranked
West Virginia past Canisius, 80-68, at WVU Coliseum.
Pittsnogle connected on 4-of-5 from three-point range and Frank Young added 13
points for the Mountaineers (8-3), who have won six straight games to get back
into the national rankings.
Mike Gansey added 15 points and J.D. Collins had six boards and eight assists
in the win.
Chuck Harris netted 16 points for the Golden Griffins (1-8), who have lost
their last three games. Corey Herring and Darnell Wilson each chipped in 14
West Virginia held a commanding 20-point lead at halftime, 41-21 but was
outscored 47-39 in the second half and had to hold off a late Canisius run to
claim the victory.
Down 4-2 early, the Mountaineers used a 14-0 run for a 16-4 lead to take
control of things in the first. West Virginia hit four three-pointers during
the spurt with Young knocking down a pair of threes.
Jon Popofski’s three-pointer pulled the Golden Griffins to within 25-18, but
West Virginia responded with a pair of baskets from behind the arc to go up
The Mountaineers ended the first half on a 10-0 run to account for the
An 8-0 spurt by West Virginia in the second half increased its lead to 57-30
before Canisius made a game of it.
A 9-0 run midway through the second half made it a 64-45 deficit and later in
the half, a 15-0 run pulled the Golden Griffins to within 70-63 with under
three minutes to play. Harris hit a pair of three-pointers during the run and
his two free throws capped the spurt.
A set of free throws by Gansey finally ended the run and, after a basket by
Bret Wackerly, Gansey hit two more free throws to keep it a nine-point game at
Harris followed with a bucket and a free throw to cut the deficit to 74-68
with under a minute remaining, but the Mountaineers hit six free throws down
the stretch to hold on for the victory.
West Virginia shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half, but only 47.8
percent in the second. The Mountaineers also hit on 69.2 percent of their
threes in the first, but nailed only 27.3 percent in the second
half…Canisius shot 44.8 percent in the game…Kevin Downey added 10 points
and eight boards for the Golden Griffins…Patrick Beilein netted nine points
for West Virginia.