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Pittsnogle leads WVU

| Monday, Feb. 13, 2006

WASHINGTON -- Kevin Pittsnogle followed a scoreless game with 25 points, and No. 9 West Virginia rebounded from its only Big East loss with a 69-56 victory over No. 15 Georgetown on Sunday night.

Shut out in the Mountaineers' 57-53 loss Thursday at Pitt, Pittsnogle made 10-of-15 shots and scored six of the first eight points in a 15-5 game-ending run as West Virginia snapped Georgetown's seven-game winning streak.

Mike Gansey and Johannes Herber added 13 points apiece for the Mountaineers (18-5, 9-1), who shot 62 percent in the second half to move into a first-place tie with Connecticut and Villanova.

Thousands of West Virginia fans, whose numbers rivaled those of the home team at the MCI Center, chanted "Overrated" in the game's final minute. Georgetown led by as many as 11 in the first half but scored only 19 points in the second half, with Jeff Green scoring 14 to finish with 21.

Green shot 6 for 10 from the field in the second half, while his teammates went 2 for 23. The Hoyas went 1 for 5 from the free-throw line for game, and the only good one was made by Green with 0.1 seconds remaining.

Brandon Bowman scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half for the Hoyas (17-5, 8-3), who were trying to beat a Top 10 team for the third time this season.

The game was a fascinating chess match between coaches John Thompson III and John Beilein, with each trying to find the right offensive sets to beat the other's zone defense. Both were having success until Beilein switched to man-to-man in the second half. The Hoyas still got some decent looks, but their outside shots weren't falling.

Pittsnogle went 0-for-12 against Pitt. He missed his first two shots against the Hoyas, but he hit a pair of jumpers and Gansey made a 3-pointer to give the Mountaineers a 20-13 lead.

The Hoyas came back with three 3-pointers in a 15-0 run, capped by a pair of steals by Darrel Owens that led to breakaway reverse dunks. Owens fed Bowman for the first slam, then took the ball the distance himself for the second one to put Georgetown ahead, 33-22, on the way to a 37-29 halftime lead.

But the Hoyas missed their first six shots in the second half, and West Virginia took the lead with a 10-0 run. Georgetown recovered, but Pittsnogle hit a fadeaway jumper in an 8-0 run that gave the Mountaineers the lead for good.

Green answered with a layup and a fast-break dunk that cut the Mountaineers' lead to 54-51 with 6:01 to play, but Georgetown didn't score again until the game's final minute.

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