No. 20 Colonials Fall To Unbeaten West Virginia, 71-65
Dec. 29, 2004
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Mike Gansey scored 19 points and D'or Fischer added 14, leading West Virginia to a 71-65 victory over No. 20 George Washington on Wednesday night as the Mountaineers improved to 9-0 for the first time in 44 years.
George Washington (8-2) had its eight-game winning streak snapped and was held below 70 points for the first time this season.
Using a patient offense and a smothering zone, the Mountaineers forced George Washington into a slower-paced offense. West Virginia used long-range shooting to take control early in the second half.
Gansey hit two 3-pointers and Tyrone Sally added two more in an 18-10 run to open the second half that gave West Virginia its biggest lead, 50-36, with 15:22 left. George Washington then held the Mountaineers without a field goal for the next 10 minutes.
The Colonials, who average 87 points per game, chipped away at the deficit. T.J. Thompson was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws to close the gap to 62-61 with 3:08 left.
West Virginia made nine of 12 free throws down the stretch. Fischer hit four free throws and had a dunk over the last 90 seconds to seal the win.
West Virginia led 32-26 at halftime, the seventh straight game the Mountaineers held an opponent to under 27 points in the opening 20 minutes.
It was the first time West Virginia played the Colonials while they were ranked since 1955. West Virginia has won the last seven home games against George Washington.