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.
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.
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.