Saturday , Jan , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Mountaineers hold off Bruins for win

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Mike Gansey scored 24 points and had four
steals, including a game-clinching theft in the final seconds, as 12th-ranked
West Virginia downed No. 18 UCLA 60-56 at Pauley Pavilion.

Gansey finished 7-of-8 from the field and made all three of his three-point
tries to lead the Mountaineers (14-3) to their 12th consecutive victory.
Included in that streak is a road triumph over then-unbeaten Villanova and a
win over Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.

Jordan Farmar netted 14 of his 22 points after intermission for the Bruins
(15-4), who cut a 20-point first-half deficit down to three late in the game
but couldn’t come all the way back.

The Mountaineers broke open a tight game with an 11-0 run midway through the
first half. Patrick Beilein scored the final eight points of the burst,
including back-to-back three-pointers that gave the visitors a 24-11 lead with
9:40 remaining before the break.

West Virginia continued to pour it on late in the first half and extended the
margin to 39-19 after Gansey capped a 9-0 burst with a three-point play with
just over a minute to go. The Mountaineers carried a decided 39-22 advantage
into the locker room.

UCLA shot just 26.1 percent over the opening 20 minutes and made just 1-of-10
attempts from three-point range. However, it was West Virginia that went cold
in the second half and the Bruins took advantage.

The Mountaineers were up 49-30 after Johannes Herber’s layup with 14:22
remaining, but failed to make a field goal over the next 9 1/2 minutes. In
between the Bruins put together an 18-5 run, with Darren Collison recording
the last seven points of the surge. His layup off a Ryan Hollins steal brought
UCLA within 54-48 with 8:02 left.

The Bruins continued to close the gap and trimmed the lead to 56-52 on two
Farmar free throws before Gansey ended WVU’s shooting drought with a deep
three-pointer with under five minutes to go.

A pair of buckets from Hollins, including a dunk off a Farmer miss with 2:24
left, brought UCLA within 59-56. However, Arron Afflalo and Farmer misfired on
potential game-tying three-point tries shortly afterward.

Still, the Bruins had a final chance to even things after West Virginia had a
shot-clock violation with under five seconds left. But, Gansey picked the ball
clean from Afflalo and was quickly fouled before making 1-of-2 shots to seal
the win.

Game Notes

West Virginia made just 6-of-21 field goal attempts in the second half…The
teams were meeting for the first time since the 1968-69 season, when Lew
Alcindor led the Bruins to a 95-56 decision at Pauley Pavilion…Collison and
Hollins each finished with 11 points…Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had a game-
high 13 rebounds for UCLA, which ended with a 39-28 advantage on the glass.