West Virginia's balanced effort led them to victory over NC State. The play of sophomore forward Joe Alexander spearheaded that effort.
Alexander may not have led the Mountaineers in scoring, but he did a little bit of everything in his 29 minutes of play in the win over the Wolfpack. Joe scored 15 points and tallied seven rebounds in West Virginia's 11-point victory. During one key sequence in the second half, Alexander drained a jumper to beat the shot clock, and then picked the pocket of State point guard Gavin Grant, which led to an easy, but electrifying transition dunk to put away Sidney Lowe's team.
The first net burner goes to sophomore guard Alex Ruoff, who thus far has been West Virginia's most improved and most valuable player. Ruoff scored a career-high 15 points on 5-6 shooting.
Sophomore point guard Darris Nichols had another outstanding effort. The Radford, Va. native scored 11 points, dished out eight assists, and had two steals in 35 minutes of play.
Senior center Rob Summers had a team-high eight rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. The Penn State transfer also contributed a pair of blocked shots and two points in the win.