Feb. 14, 2004
By MATT STANMYRE
Associated Press Writer
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Tyrone Sally had 20 points and Kevin Pittsnogle added 18 Saturday, and West Virginia nearly frittered a 20-point lead before beating Villanova 67-60.
The Mountaineers led 45-25 before Villanova pulled to within two points thrice in the second half, and the Wildcats made it 53-51 with 3:40 remaining.
But Pittsnogle had six points as West Virginia closed the game with a 14-9 spurt.
West Virginia (14-8, 6-5 Big East) has won two straight and six of its last eight. Villanova (13-10, 5-5) has lost three of four since routing the Mountaineers 73-58 two weeks ago.
West Virginia's defense was dominant and its offense opportunistic in the first half. The Mountaineers held Villanova to 28 percent shooting in the first half, closed the half with a 22-4 run and led 37-18 at halftime.
But the Wildcats scored 14 straight and held West Virginia without a field goal for nearly seven minutes to crawl back into the game.
Johannes Herber scored 11 for West Virginia.