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WVU posts 3-point mark in Big East win over Marquette

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Mike Gansey and Kevin Pittsnogle added
their names to West Virginia history and the Mountaineers broke
their own Big East record.

Gansey and Pittsnogle became the first West Virginia players to
both score 30 points in a game in 39 years, and the 16th-ranked
Mountaineers broke their own conference mark with 20 3-pointers in
a 104-85 victory over Marquette on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (12-3, 4-0) finally found the fast start they
had lacked in previous conference wins, hitting six 3-pointers in
their first seven baskets. The performance followed wins over
Villanova and Georgetown, games where West Virginia rallied from
double-digits deficits.

"The pace was incredible," West Virginia coach John Beilein
said. "Do you turn off the tempo? You just have to let the kids
go. They got in that zone."

Beilein told his team it couldn't possibly maintain the
12-for-25 3-point shooting pace it had at halftime.

He was wrong.

West Virginia improved the mark in the second half, finishing
20-of-38 from behind the arc for its best percentage (61.5) of the
season.

"That's a rule we want kids to follow," Beilein said. "If
they are feeling it, shoot it."

Gansey set career-highs with eight 3-pointers and 33 points.
Pittsnogle finished with 30 points. The last time two West Virginia
players surpassed 30 points in the same game was Feb. 17, 1967,
when Dave Reaser (42) and Carl Head (33) did it against Richmond.

West Virginia's 10-game winning streak is its longest since it
won 22 straight in 1988-89.

The 20 3-pointers broke the mark of 18 West Virginia set last
season in an overtime loss to Louisville in the NCAA regional
finals.

"I can't say I've seen many better performances than what we
saw from West Virginia," Marquette coach Tom Crean said. "We have
tremendous respect for the way they play. This is a special college
basketball team, very special."

It marked the second 100-point game under Beilein and the first
in regulation. West Virginia scored 111 against Wake Forest in a
triple-overtime game in the NCAA tournament last season.

Freshman Dominic James led Marquette with 28 points, while Joe
Chapman added 18.

Marquette (12-5, 2-2) had held its seven previous opponents
below their season scoring average but had no defense for West
Virginia. Both teams shot better than 54 percent from the field.

James and Gansey dominated play for much of the game. Gansey
scored 17 of West Virginia's first 27 points and James had his
career-high in points early in the second half.

"He told me to quit making my shots," Gansey said of James.
"I looked at him and said, 'Man, what about you?' He is possibly
the best freshman in the league."

Crean said the same of Gansey's senior status.

"Anybody who has the opportunity to take him at the next level
would be absolutely ridiculous not to," Crean said. "He makes
everyone better. John (Beilein) and the people of Morgantown are
probably the presidents of the fan club, but I'm a charter
member."

Gansey's 3-point effort tied a school record set by Chris
Leonard against Marshall in 1992. He made six in the first half,
including five in the first 8 minutes as West Virginia, which never
trailed, jumped to a 27-15 lead.

Marquette kept the score close the rest of the half before
Gansey's 3-pointer gave the Mountaineers a 48-43 halftime lead,
tying their highest first-half output of the season.

Pittsnogle scored nine points during a 17-5 run over a 5-minute
stretch as West Virginia extended its lead to 73-56 with 11:39
remaining.

Gansey injured his right ankle with 7:32 left in the game. He
went to the locker room but did return.

West Virginia held Steve Novak, the Big East's leading 3-point
shooter, to six points.

Marquette lost when scoring at least 85 points for the first
time since 2002-03, the same season it went to the Final Four.

"They live by the 3, die by the 3," James said. "They were
hitting the 3 and we definitely got killed by the 3."

West Virginia, second in the nation in turnovers, had just five
while forcing 21.