Wednesday , Jan , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mountaineers topple Hoyas

Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) – Kevin Pittsnogle had a game-high 23 points
to lead the 16th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers past the Georgetown Hoyas,
68-61, in a Big East battle at WVU Coliseum

Pittsnogle shot 8-for-15 and pulled down nine boards, and Mike Gansey added 15
points and 10 boards for the Mountaineers (11-3, 3-0 Big East), who have now
won their past nine games. That includes a victory over No. 3 Villanova on
Sunday.

Jeff Green netted 17 points and had nine rebounds and Roy Hibbert chipped in
with 16 points for the Hoyas (10-3, 2-1), who had a seven-game winning streak
snapped.

West Virginia was trailing by 11 points late in the first half, but closed
with a 9-0 run to make it a 23-21 game going into the second 20 minutes of
play.

The Mountaineers took their first lead of the game, 25-23 on two baskets by
Frank Young with 18:59 to play.

The lead exchanged hands a couple of times after that, but West Virginia went
in front for good after J.D. Collins drained a three-pointer to make it 36-33
with 14:08 left.

The Mountaineers continued to increase their lead and had their largest margin
of the game on the strength of a Young three-pointer for a 55-43 contest with
5:19 remaining.

The Hoyas scored six straight points to close within 58-52 game with 2:01
remaining. However, Georgetown committed three straight fouls, including a
technical on Darrel Owens, and West Virginia hit four of its six free throws
to regain its 10-point lead.

Green had back-to-back dunks for Georgetown to make it 62-56 with 1:09 left.
The final minute entailed the Hoyas hitting their baskets and then fouling the
Mountaineers, but West Virginia hit a few free throws and held on.

The Hoyas were leading 6-5 early in the game and they proceeded to go on a
10-2 run and had a 16-7 lead after Jonathan Wallace drained a three-pointer
with 13:14 left in the first half. Georgetown increased its lead to 23-12 on a
layup by Green with 4:54 until halftime.

However, the Mountaineers scored the last nine points of the half, with
Pittsnogle netting seven points, to cut the Hoyas lead to two.

Game Notes

West Virginia is 7-1 at home, including five consecutive victories…The Hoyas
dropped to 5-2 on the road…Georgetown is 23-19 in the all-time series
between the two schools…Georgetown shot 46 percent from the field…The
Mountaineers hit 41 percent of their shots…West Virginia won the battle on
the boards, 33-29…Wallace finished with 12 points…Young had 10
points…Patrick Beilein scored 13 for WVU.

GEORGETOWN WVIRGINIA