Our pick for the player of the game and noteworthy performances in West Virginia's basketball exhibition with Mountain State University
Junior Da'Sean Butler came out scorching for West Virginia, which enabled the Mountaineers to effectively put away any hopes of a Mountain State upset before the first TV timeout.
Butler scored 21 first-half points on six-of-10 from the field. The Newark, N.J. native made three of his five 3-point attempts in the opening frame, and also collected six rebounds.
Butler continued his sharp play in the second half, scoring West Virginia's first ten points. For the game, Butler finished with 38 points and 11 rebounds. He also collected three steals.
Freshman Kevin Jones wasted little time getting acclimated to his new surroundings. Jones came off the bench in the first half and hit his first four shots, including both of his 3s. Jones finished with 14 points and seven rebounds for the game.
Starting point guard Joe Mazzulla left the game in the first half with a nasty cut to his forehead. Although backup Darryl "Truck" Bryant started the second half in his place, Mazzulla was stitched up by trainer Randy Meador.
Despite outrebounding the Cougars by a hefty 58-39 margin, West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins was not pleased with his team's effort on the boards after the game. Huggins attributed two early fouls on starting forward Wellington Smith to missed block outs by other players.