Pittsnogled: No. 15 Hoyas fall to No. 9 WVU
Washington, DC (Sports Network) – Kevin Pittsnogle scored a game-high 25
points on 10-of-15 shooting to lead the ninth-ranked West Virginia
Mountaineers to a 69-56 win over No. 15 Georgetown at the MCI Center.
Mike Gansey and Johannes Herber scored 13 points apiece for the Mountaineers
(18-5, 9-1 Big East), who have won four of their last five games.
Jeff Green scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, Brandon Bowman
donated 15 points and 11 boards and Darrel Owens added 10 points,
three rebounds and three assists for the Hoyas (17-5, 8-3), who had a
seven-game winning streak halted.
After a dunk by Green with 6:05 left in the contest pulled Georgetown within
three at 54-51, the Hoyas did not score again until there was just 44 seconds
left in the game. West Virginia held the Hoyas scoreless for 5:21 to take a
62-53 lead en route to the 13-point victory.
Trailing by eight at the break, the Mountaineers scored the first 10 points of
the second half to take a 39-37 lead.
After the teams traded buckets, a three-pointer by Green with 12:06 left in
the second half staked Georgetown to a 47-46 advantage. But West Virginia
responded with an 8-0 spurt to take a 54-47 lead it never relinquished.
A three-pointer by Gansey early in the game capped an 8-2 spurt and gave the
Mountaineers a 20-13 first-half lead. But Georgetown responded with a 20-2
run, highlighted by five points from Owens, to take a 33-22 lead en route to a
37-29 advantage at halftime.
Pittsnogle scored 23 points for West Virginia in a 68-61 win over Georgetown
in their previous meeting on January 11. Despite losing, the Hoyas have won 13
of the last 19 matchups…West Virginia is 9-5 in its last 14 games against
ranked opponents. All 14 of those games were away from home…Herber became
West Virginia’s all-time leader in minutes played…The Mountaineers snapped
a five-game losing streak against Georgetown at the MCI Center.