Our picks for player of the game and outstanding performances from West Virginia's win over Big East foe South Florida.
Sophomore forward Alex Ruoff didn't have his best shooting night, but turned in an outstanding performance during West Virginia's fourth conference victory of the season.
The Spring Hill, Fla. native tallied 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and a blocked shot in 37 minutes of play. Even more impressive was the fact that Ruoff committed just one turnover on the night.
During Saturday's loss at Marquette, freshman forward Da'Sean Butler had what was probably his worst collegiate game. The resilient rookie showed that Saturday's performance was an exception to the rule as he bounced back nicely in Wednesday night's win over the Bulls.
Butler played 23 minutes, and filled out the stat sheet nicely with 12 points, six rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
It's often been said that the Mountaineers live and die by the three. In the second half against USF, that simply wasn't the case. Beilein's Bombers made just one three-point attempt in the second half out of 14 attempts. Offsetting the ice cold perimeter shooting, though, was the fact that the Mountaineers committed just one turnover in the final 20 minutes to preserve victory.
Perhaps the outcome may have been different if the Bulls could have hit some foul shots. USF had 20 free throw attempts, but came away with just nine points from the charity stripe. That works out to a paltry 45 percent. As they say in the anti-tobacco commercials: "Those are not good numbers."