Patrick Beilein had 18 points on six of eight shooting from three-point range, Kevin Pittsnogle showed the increasing quality of his inside game with 13, and Mike Gansey was again an all-around warrior, but there was that something extra about Sally's game that earns him BlueGoldNews.com player of the game honors.
Sally was agressive in the early going, driving among bigger and stronger LSU players to get the to basket for several hoops in the first half to keep WVU in the game. His example sparked his teammates, as the Mountaineers followed his lead by scoring 32 points in the lane against the bigger, stronger Tigers.
"He really played a great game," a beaming John Beilein said after the game. "He's a kid you can't read from his emotions what's going on. I love to see him have games like he did today."
Sally scored a season high 22 points on eight of 14 shooting. He hit two of his five three-point attempts, and added six of eight from the free throw line. His biggest two, however, might have been an impressive first half dunk that stifled an LSU run and also let the Tigers know that the Mountaineers were in the game for the long run.
After working the ball on the perimeter, Sally made a backdoor cut, received a perfect pass from D'or Fischer and threw down a monster jam over an LSU defender to push WVU's lead to 11 points. While only worth two points on the scoreboard, the play was probably worth ten in the psychological department. Sally's throwdown showed that WVU could play power basketball right alongside the big Tiger frontline, and that boost was one of the major differences in the contest.
West Virginia (3-0) now gets a week off before facing Radford at the WVU Coliseum on Saturday, December 4th. Gametime is set for 7:00 p.m.