Pittsnogle shines as No. 14 West Virginia downs Louisville
Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) – Kevin Pittsnogle scored 21 points on 10-
of-15 shooting as 14th-ranked West Virginia held off Louisville 68-64 at WVU
Mike Gansey compiled 17 points and six rebounds while J.D. Collins had 11 of
his career-high 13 points in the second-half to help the Mountaineers (19-8,
10-4 Big East) end a three-game losing streak and avenge last year’s painful
loss to the Cardinals in the NCAA Tournament.
West Virginia blew a 20-point lead and Louisville rallied for a memorable
93-85 overtime win in the 2005 West Regional final.
Taquan Dean poured in 25 points for the Cardinals (17-10, 5-9), whose hopes
to qualify for the Big East tournament remain in jeopardy. Juan Palacios
finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
The Mountaineers trailed 42-41 when Pittsnogle buried a three-pointer with
13:30 left to play. Collins followed with a trey less than a minute later to
extend West Virginia’s lead to five.
The margin reached double-digits after Collins hit another triple to make the
score 53-43 with 6:53 remaining, and swelled to 61-50 when Collins sank
two free throws with 3:28 to go.
However, West Virginia failed to make a field goal over the game’s final four
minutes and Louisville slowly inched back. Down 66-59 with 12 seconds left,
Palacios scored inside to cut the lead to five before Collins missed two from
the line for the Mountaineers. Louisville’s Andre McGee was then fouled after
converting a layup and made the bonus try to pull the Cardinals within 66-64.
Collins then redeemed himself by making two foul shots with three seconds left
on the clock to preserve the victory.
Pittsnogle had eight points during a 15-2 run which put West Virginia up 21-12
with under eight minutes left in the first half, but the lead was not safe.
Consecutive three-pointers by Dean and Brandon Jenkins brought Louisville
within 26-25 with 2:16 remaining before intermission, and a triple by Terence
Williams in the closing seconds tied the game at 31-31 heading into the break.
Louisville finished 10-of-26 from three-point range, with Dean hitting 5-of-9
tries from beyond the arc…The Cardinals fell to 1-7 on the road this
season…Pittsnogle is averaging 21 points over his last five
games….Louisville hasn’t won consecutive games since January 7-9.