Point guard Darris Nichols was instrumental in West Virginia's 76-41 victory over the Tigers of Savannah State.
The 6'2" junior only scored six points, but filled out the rest of the stat sheet nicely with six assists, and seven steals. Most impressive of all was the fact that Darris did not turn the ball over in his 30 minutes of play.
The first net burner goes to freshman forward Wellington Smith. Wellington only scored five points, but his first bucket was easily the above-the-rim highlight of the season. After a missed jump shot by Devan Bawinkel, Smith skied high for the rebound, grabbed the ball, and slammed it through the cylinder for the deuce. Smith also added a three-pointer from the wing, and four rebounds while playing nine minutes.
It was a good night for the Joes, as forward Joe Alexander and point guard Joe Mazzulla showed that they were better than average. Alexander totaled a game-high 18 points, 16 of which came in the first half. He also snared a team-high six rebounds.
Meanwhile, Mazzulla totaled a career-high seven points against the Tigers, while not comitting a turnover.
It was a classic "Beilein Ball" performance for the Mountaineers. West Virginia forced 26 turnovers, including 16 on steals. Off of those 26 turnovers, the Blue and Gold scored an astounding 40 points. The Mountaineers also made 12 threes on the afternoon, and finished with a team assist-to-turnover ratio of 2-1.