Player of the Game: West Virginia- W Michigan

West Virginia's win over Western Michigan was a total team effort in every sense of those words. One player, though, stood out just a little bit more from the rest.

Sophomore guard Alex Ruoff, a native of Spring Hill, Fla., had his finest game in a Mountaineer uniform. Alex tallied 11 points, pulled down a team high five rebounds and dished out eight assists while committing just one turnover. He also collected four steals.

The four steals and eight assists are a microcosm of Alex's improvement as a complete player.


  • Junior point guard Darris Nichols paced West Virginia with 18 points, and again was a solid presence as a floor general. Nichols also continued his spectacular free throw shooting on the season, sinking all ten of his shots from the charity stripe.

    The 18 points scored tonight are a new career high for Darris. His previous career high was 14 in the season opener against Mount St. Mary's.

  • Freshman Wellington Smith had his finest game in the blue and gold with 11 points on 4-5 shooting, including 2-2 from behind the arc. Smith played eight minutes in the win over the Broncos.

  • Senior center Rob Summers was impressive yet again, scoring 10 points and pulling down four rebounds. The ten points are a new career high for Summers at West Virginia, and tie his previous career high at Penn State.

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