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.