POG: West Virginia - Miami

Our picks for outstanding players and performances in West Virginia's win over Miami of Ohio.

In his first game back in the lineup after missing the previous two with a subluxed rib, senior guard Alex Ruoff had his best all-around performance of the season.

Ruoff's success was a microcosm of West Virginia's overall effort as the Mountaineers had their most complete performance of the year on both ends of the court.

The Spring Hill, Fla. native finished with 15 points and eight assists in his return. He also recorded two blocks and three steals in playing 35 minutes. From the "things that don't show up on the stat sheet" file, Ruoff was extremely active on defense, deflecting several passes and not giving up any ground to perimeter and post players alike.


NET BURNERS

  • Were it not for Ruoff's splendid all-around effort, Da'Sean Butler easily could have been player of the game. The junior from Newark, N.J. scored a career-high 28 points, 15 of which came from behind the three-point arc as Butler got hot from downtown late in the second half.

    Butler's career day was enough to move him past the 1,000-point plateau. West Virginia's leading scorer now boasts 1,001 points for his career, and is the 46th member of the exclusive club.

  • Truck Bryant had another solid effort in his third career start, finishing with 16 points, four assists and three steals in 24 minutes of play.

    Bryant probably could have surpassed his career-high of 18 points had it not been for some first-half foul trouble that kept him on the bench for several minutes at the end of the half.

  • You can't say enough about West Virginia's defensive effort against the RedHawks. It was obvious from the start that WVU's length bothered Miami. When guarding the ball, the Mountaineers simply did not allow Miami's guards into the lane. Away from the ball, WVU did a nice job of denying the backdoor cuts that the RedHawks' system relies on to get easy baskets.

    On the perimeter, West Virginia challenged most shots. Miami was ranked fifth nationally in three-point field goal percentage entering the game, but made just three of 15 attempts from beyond the arc on Saturday.


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