Freshman Da'Sean Butler had "perhaps his finest all-around game" as West Virginia shut down The Citadel 63-36 on Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum
Butler, filling his accustomed sixth man role for the Mountaineers, scored 14 points on 5-7 shooting from the field to share team-high honors with Frank Young. He added three rebounds, an assist and four steals in 24 minutes of action.
Butler's best moments came at the top of West Virginia's 1-3-1 zone, where he constantly harrassed the Bulldog guards. In addition to his steals, he had several deflections and tips of passes, and twice outsprinted opponents to loose balls that started West Virginia fast breaks.
Despite some calls for Butler to enter the starting lineup, head coach John Beilein continues to hold his ground in deploying him as his sixth man -- and with results such as these, it's hard to argue with that strategy.
"Just look at his stat line," Beilein said after the game. "That might be his finest all-around game yet."
Frank Young continued his excellent shooting, making 4-7 from three-point range and 5-8 overall on his way to 14 points of his own. The versatile Young played the four and the five spots, and moved between the two positions with aplomb.
The 36 points scored by The Citadel was the lowest total ever by a Division I team in the WVU Coliseum. West Virginia's defensive effort will certainly keep it atop the national rankings for fewest points allowed. WVU is now yielding just 49.4 points per game this year.
Joe Alexander provided the highlight play of the game when he soared high for a tip-in dunk on a ball that looked to still be inside the cylinder.
"I thought it was going to come off on the other side, so I started that way, but I was able to reach back and get it," he recounted. "It was definitely a goaltend," he added with a laugh.
West Virginia, however, got the homecourt call which allowed the two points.