POG: West Virginia - USF

Our picks for the outstanding players and performances from West Virginia's narrow win over South Florida.

For a large part of the first half on Saturday, it looked as though West Virginia would roll at home over Big East cellar dweller South Florida inside the Coliseum.

Much of that was due to the play of Da'Sean Butler. The junior forward scored 17 of his team-high 28 points in the first half, including his own personal 8-0 run in the midst of a 23-3 WVU run which gave the Mountaineers the lead outright.


NET BURNERS

  • John Flowers continued his effective if not under the radar sophomore season on Saturday afternoon. The Waldorf, Md. native played 21 minutes and finished with six points, five rebounds, two assists, three blocks and two steals in the WVU win.

    Flowers also delivered the biggest basket of the game for the Mountaineers. Trailing by one, the Bulls missed an opportunity to take the lead. Playing a triangle and two on the other end, USF left Flowers unguarded on the perimeter. The sophomore made the Bulls pay by burying a three that all but clinched the win for West Virginia. Flowers is also nine-of-10 from the foul line since tweaking his approach prior to the league opener at Seton Hall.

  • Alex Ruoff got off to a rocky start, turning the ball over twice in the first few minutes of the game and getting burnt on a couple of backcuts by Bulls standout Dominique Jones.

    Not long after, though, Ruoff shook off the cobwebs to turn in another solid performance. The senior from Spring Hill, Fla. finished with 19 points in 39 minutes in WVU's second Big East win of the season.

  • Starting point guard Truck Bryant struggled mightily for the second time in three games. Bryant was held scoreless in 29 minutes, missing all six of his shot attempts. Bryant had been coming off a career-high 22-point performance against Marshall on Wednesday.

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