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10 February 2009

Just Like Football

The Panthers beat the Mountaineers (16-8, 5-6) 70-59 on Monday to improve to 22-2 on the season (9-2 Big East). Sam Young paced the Panthers with 20 points and seven boards.

DeJuan Blair was limited to 16 minutes due to foul difficulties and scored eight points (all in the second half) and had nine rebounds. Fella picked up his second foul only 4:46 into the game and he sat the remainder of the first half. In the second half, a charging foul was called on him when he took a pass down low between two Hoopie defenders. Blair did not agree with the foul, and he got into a heated discussion with referee Karl Hess, which drew him a technical foul, his 4th. Coach Dixon sat him for the remainder of the game. We didn't need him, and Blair needed the discipline. (Article: "Refs Cost Fans a Good game", Ron Cook http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09041/948101-175.stm)

The refs were very trigger happy, handing out two fouls to Blair and Fields in the first half. For WVU, top players Alex Ruoff had 3 in the first half and Da'Sean Butler had 2, and both eventually fouled out.

When Fields sat, Ashton Gibbs played 17 strong minutes off the bench.

The Panthers out-rebounded the 'Eers by 16 and shot about 10% better from the field.

Overall it was a good performance. The Panthers next take the court on Saturday, February 14, when they look to break the hearts of Cincinnati. They are home versus the Bearcats at 4:00 pm.

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