Mountaineers rally to knock off Hoyas
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Kevin Pittsnogle scored 23 points as West Virginia again rallied past a Big Beast foe, beating Georgetown 68-61 on Wednesday for its best start in the league's history.
The No. 16 Mountaineers (11-3, 3-0 Big East) trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half against the Hoyas, one game after being behind by 15 points at No. 3 Villanova and coming back to win. This time, West Virginia pieced together a 13-0 run spanning both halves to take a 25-23 lead.
West Virginia's 3-0 conference record is the best start in its 11 years in the Big East and puts the Mountaineers in first place over Georgetown (10-3, 2-1).
After Georgetown tied West Virginia at 33 with 14:36 remaining, the Mountaineers hit five 3-pointers for a game-high 57-45 edge at the 4:00 mark. Patrick Beilein, WVU's all-time 3-point leader, hit two and Pittsnogle added a 3-pointer and three-point play in the push.
Georgetown pulled within five points, 66-61, with 26 seconds left. Pittsnogle and Mike Gansey added one free throw each for the final margin.
Georgetown lost its composure with two minutes left. Ashanti Cook was called for an intentional foul. A possession later, Darrel Owens fouled out and then called for a technical after talking back to an official. He was ejected.
Gansey and Beilein had 15 and 13 points, respectively, for WVU, which had four players in double figures. Georgetown was led by Jeff Green's 17 points while Roy Hibbert had 16.
Georgetown's defense was ranked first in the Big East in total scoring, with 57 points per game coming into the contest, but West Virginia's 68 points tied the most allowed by it this season. The Mountaineers scored 47 second-half points, the most Georgetown has allowed in any half this year.
WVU won a season-best nine games in a row and snapped Georgetown's seven-game winning streak.
A moment of silence was observed for the 12 miners killed at the Sago Mine in Tallmansville, 75 miles south of Morgantown. It was WVU's first home game since the Jan. 2 explosion.