CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Mike Gansey didn't want his season to end in his hometown.
Gansey scored 25 of his career-high 29 points after intermission, including the first seven points for West Virginia in the second overtime, as the seventh-seeded Mountaineers beat Wake Forest, 111-105, in a second-round Albuquerque Region thriller.
A junior from nearby Olmsted Falls, Gansey, who set his previous career highs in back-to-back games in the Big East Tournament, opened the scoring in the second overtime with a lay-up, hit a 3-pointer, then made two free throws to give West Virginia a 100-94 lead with 3 1/2 minutes to play.
"It was just a dream come true," Gansey said. "Obviously with Tyrone (Sally) getting fouled out, I felt I put it upon myself to be more aggressive and maybe try to take the game over. In regulation, I missed a free throw that probably could have sealed the deal. I was a little upset after that."
Gansey, runner-up for Ohio's Mr. Basketball in 2001, began his college career at St. Bonaventure and transferred to West Virginia.
Kevin Pittsnogle, whose last basket came five minutes into the second half, made a 3-pointer from the left corner with 2 1/2 minutes left for a 103-96 lead and Wake Forest got no closer than four points thereafter.
The Mountaineers (23-10) will play Texas Tech in the regional semifinals in Albuquerque.
"These kids were always down," West Virginia coach John Beilein said. "But they never quit, and we got a huge win in what turned out to be a three-hour game."
Taron Downey produced a career-high 27 points for Wake Forest (27-6), including 3-pointers at the end of regulation and the first overtime to extend the game. He scored 11 points in the second overtime.
"Anything less than a national championship for this team was unacceptable," Downey said. "I am a senior. I didn't want to lose."
"That was as courageous a performance as I've ever seen," said Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser about Downey's late-game heroics.
Sally scored 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting and D'or Fischer had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks for West Virginia, which is advancing to the regional semifinals for the first time since 1998 -- its last appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Fischer, who lost his starting job to Pittsnogle in early February, played most of the second half before fouling out in the first minute of the second overtime. The senior had not scored in double figures in his last 15 games.
"(Fischer) has not shown that kind of energy," Beilein said. "He has not had that many minutes and had not embraced this role (of coming off the bench). We knew this kid was very bright and knew he was a heck of a player."
Eric Williams had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Demon Deacons, which held a 40-27 lead at halftime. Chris Paul added 22 points, including 10 points in the first overtime, nine assists and six rebounds before fouling out with 3 1/2 minutes left in the second extra session.
A mix up at the 1:34 mark of the first half may have cost Wake valuable points. Demon Deacons forward Jamaal Levy was fouled by Fischer, and when West Virginia protested the call, a technical was assessed. Levy, a 52.5 percent free-throw shooter, took all four charity tosses and made just one of four. The Wake coaching staff intended for Downey to shoot the technical free throws.
"We had already told Taron, 'You shoot the technical fouls,'" Prosser explained. "We obviously didn't communicate that to the officials."
The combined total of 216 points is tied for 10th most in NCAA Tournament history. Wake Forest's total of 105 is the seventh most points scored by a losing team. The win is West Virginia's first over a top-five ranked opponent since 1987.