Sunday , Feb , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

UConn dominates, Pitt falls, Morrison … is Morrison

Saturday’s games were thoroughly entertaining. I was pleased.

Connecticut’s fleet of big-men dominated West Virginia in the paint to come out with an 81-75 victory. The Huskies out-rebounded their opponents 39-19. The Mountaineers, who are usually strong shooters, only hit 10 out of 28 from behind the three-point line. Thanks to Kevin Pittsnogle and Mike Gansey, WVU was completely destroyed. Pittsnogle had 15 points and four steals, while Gansey scored a game-high 25 points.
This was a game where UConn’s depth down-low really shined. Not that they haven’t in past games, but having to go up against a team who’s known for their powerful center and side-kick forward, really proved that the Huskies’ strength is indisputable.
Marquette upset No. 9 Pittsburgh yesterday, as well. It’s the second win against Top 25 teams for the Golden Eagles in the past three days. Steve Novak was nothing less than extraordinary, scoring a game-high 27 points. So far Marquette has defeated Connecticut, Georgetown and Pittsburgh. Who’s next?
And of course, the highlight of Saturday, besides Nate Robinson winning the dunk contest, was Mr. Morrison. The Gonzaga star scored a career-high 44 points – 37 of which came in the second half in their win against Loyola Marymount. The Bulldogs now have another West Coast Conference title and the big-man recorded his fifth 40-plus scoring game and his 12th 30-plus scoring game. He’s averaging 29.4 points a game, while J.J. Redick is at 28.9.