BlueGoldNews.com picks the player of the game and other notable performances in the WVU-Marquette basketball game
Junior center Jamie Smalligan was pressed into more action than normal due to the foul trouble that plagued starting center Rob Summers. The former Butler Bulldog responded by being one of just two Mountaineer players in double-figures. Smalligan finished with 10 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes of play. Jamie was perfect from the field, finishing 3-3 and hitting his only three-point attempt. He was also 3-4 from the foul line.
The free-throw line was the only positive for West Virginia on Saturday afternoon. After shooting a combined 11 free throws in the past two games (St. John's and Notre Dame), the Mountaineers put forth a solid effort from the charity stripe at the Bradley Center. The Mountaineers finished 20-23 from the line, led by Alex Ruoff's five for five performance.
On the other hand, rebounding was not a kind stat to John Beilein's bunch. The Golden Eagles bullied their way to 40 rebounds, fourteen of which came on the offensive glass. West Virginia managed to snare 26 boards, but leading rebounder Rob Summers was shutout on the glass.
One of the reason's for West Virginia's early success has been winning the turnover battle. Against Marquette, the Mountaineers forced 17 turnovers, but committed 17 themselves to offset any advantage they would have gained from the Marquette miscues.