Frank Young came out smoking against Duquesne to earn player of the game honors in West Virginia's 85-54 win.
Young hit all five of his three-point attempts in the first half to help West Virginia run out to a 20-point lead, and the Mountaineers never looked back as they ran their record to 7-1 on the season. Young's 15-first half points were a team high as he drained shots from both sides of the floor. In proving he was human, the Florida native did miss his only two-point attempt of the half.
young finished with 18 points on 6-10 shooting from the field. He added one rebound, two assists and two steals in 29 minutes of action.
In not forcing shots in the second half, Young epitomized head coach John Beilein's selfless style of play, and opened opportunities for others, such as Alex Ruoff, to shine. It was a grand display of Beilein Ball at its finest.
Alex Ruoff also put up a strong performance, and just missed out on the player of the game nod. Ruoff made five of six three-pointers in the second half, and finished with a career-high 18 points -- all of shich came on three-pointers. Ruoff wasn't just gunning the ball up, either. He finished with a team high eight assists, and also had four steals as WVU forced 24 turnovers in the contest.
The Mountaineers' shooting overall was a game highlight, as WVU hit 17-29 from beyond the arc. That was just three short of the team record of 20, set against Marquette a year ago. For the second consecutive game, West Virginia shot better from three-point range (58.6%) than overall (51.7%). Of course, with numbers like that, a lot of points are going to be put up on the scoreboard.
Although Duquesne penetrated West Virginia's defense to get a number of close in shots and shoot 52.5% from the field, the Mountaineers' ability to force turnovers was the difference in the game. The Dukes committed 24 turnovers, which led to 38 Mountaineer points. WVU also took 20 more shots than Duquesne (60-40), as the possession statistic so cherished by Beilein swung strongly in West Virginia's favor.