Comfort Zone

West Virginia guard Alex Ruoff has added offensive firepower to the defensive excellence he has displayed during the young 2006-07 men's basketball season.

Ruoff made six three-pointers in West Virginia's 85-54 win over Duquesne, which pushed the Mountaineers to 7-1 on the season. Ruoff, who admittedly loves playing the 1-3-1 defense, thinks that West Virginia's aggressive play on that end of the floor helps it get into the flow of the game, and also contributed to the early offensive fireworks the Mountaineers displayed against the Dukes.

Ruoff had his finest outing as a Mountaineer in the contest. In addition to his career-high 18 points, he also dished out a team-high eight assists. He had four of West Virginia's 12 steals, and committed just two turnovers in 33 minutes of action.

Listen as Ruoff describes the 1-3-1 and its effects, and comments on West Virginia's 17-29 performance from three-point range against Duquesne.

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