On the festive kind of night the Coliseum hasn't seen too often lately, West Virginia had a 13-year home winning streak against ranked non-conference teams come to an end Tuesday while suffering its 14th straight loss to a ranked opponent.
A season-high crowd of 9,350 featuring about 3,500 students watched the Mountaineers build a 10-point lead in the second half, but let it disappear in the third loss to Gonzaga in the past 21 months. The 20th-ranked Bulldogs, who crushed WVU in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and last season's opener, followed the bruising play of center Przemek Karnowski and timely scores from Kevin Pangos to an 80-76 win.
"This group of guys has won a large amount of games," Bulldogs Coach Mark Few said. "They have been in a lot of tough road environments and they're used to making plays at the end of tight games."