Offensive-minded West Virginia turned to its defense yesterday to beat visiting Wofford, 61-41, and advance to the semifinals of the Guardians Classic.
The 14th-ranked Mountaineers, normally a perimeter-based team, scored only 19 points in the first half on 1-of-10 three-point shooting. But a halftime switch from man-to-man defense to their trademark 1-3-1 zone turned a five-point halftime deficit into a 40-26 lead with 12 minutes 15 seconds left.
"They did some tweaking at the half, and they got us," Wofford Coach Mike Young said. "I didn't think [the defense] would have as much teeth as it did."
Kevin Pittsnogle scored 19 points -- 13 of the Mountaineers' first 17 -- and was named MVP of the Morgantown Regional.
West Virginia (2-0) will play the winner of the regional hosted by No. 2 Texas in a semifinal in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 21. The other regional sites are at No. 9 Kentucky and No. 20 Iowa.
* VA. TECH 54, W. CAROLINA 40: Guard Jamon Gordon had 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Hokies, at home, defeated the Catamounts in the NABC Classic.
Western Carolina (1-2) led 23-20 at halftime after a 7-2 run. Virginia Tech (2-1) made just 3 of 18 field goal attempts in the first half but stayed close by hitting 13 of 17 free throws.
* KENTUCKY 71, S. DAKOTA ST. 54: Sophomore point guard Rajon Rondo had 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to lead the No. 9 Wildcats past the visiting Jackrabbits (0-1) in the first round of the Guardians Classic. The Wildcats (1-0) will play Lipscomb tonight in the second round.
* MENSAH-BONSU NURSES ANKLE: George Washington forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu sprained his left ankle during the No. 21 Colonials' 103-96 exhibition win over Division II Augusta State on Saturday afternoon. The injury will be reevaluated later this week. The Colonials open the regular season at home against Kennesaw State on Nov. 23.
Sophia Young scored 30 points and added 14 rebounds, rallying No. 6 Baylor from an 18-point second-half deficit to beat No. 8 Georgia (0-1), 84-72, in the Tip-Off Classic in Lubbock, Tex.
Baylor (1-0), the defending NCAA champion, extended its winning streak to 21 games. With Georgia's Tasha Humphrey in foul trouble, the Lady Bears whittled the Bulldogs' 59-41 early second half advantage and took a 67-65 lead at the eight-minute mark.
* LSU 76, TEXAS TECH 68: Seimone Augustus had 32 points and 13 rebounds to lead the No. 3 Lady Tigers (1-0) to over the No. 13 Lady Raiders in the Tip-Off Classic. Augustus scored nine of LSU's final 14 points after Tech (0-1) had tied the score at 62 with about three minutes remaining.
* OKLAHOMA 80, SMU 43: Freshman Courtney Paris had 19 points and 20 rebounds to lead the No. 25 Sooners (2-0) at home in the second round of the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.