POG: WVU - Villanova

The choice for BlueGoldNews.com Player of the Game was quite easy after West Virginia's upset of No. 13 Villanova on Friday night.

Monday night's loss to Pitt was more or less rock bottom for Da'Sean Butler. The junior forward scored just four points, did not attempt a free throw and did not collect a rebound in WVU's loss to the No. 4 Panthers.

Butler, though, more than made up for his unproductive effort at Pitt with the game of his night on Friday night. The Newark, N.J. native scored a career-high 43 points to lead the Mountaineers to their biggest win of the season.

Of his final total, 24 came in the first half. He finished 12-23 from the field, including a six-of-13 effort from three-point range. Butler also did a great job of getting to and executing from the foul line, making 13 of his 15 free-throw attempts.

His total marks the first time a WVU player has scored at least 40 points in a game since Lowes Moore did so against Notre Dame in 1978.


  • Many of Butler's points came from wide-open looks set up by unselfish play from his teammates. The Mountaineers attacked Villanova's pressure defense, got the Wildcats moving and found the open man (usually Butler).

    The Mountaineers finished with 19 assists on 31 made baskets, including a jaw-dropping 15/20 assist/basket ratio in the first half.

  • John Flowers had one of his better offensive games of the season, scoring nine points in 17 minutes. At one point in the first half, Flowers had seven straight WVU points.

  • Devin Ebanks continued his stellar play of late with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The freshman has now produced double-figures scoring in five of his last six games.

    Ebanks was also on the receiving end of one of the best-looking plays of the season as the Mountaineers flawlessly-executed a three-on-two fast break midway through the first half. Senior guard Alex Ruoff found Truck Bryant, who flipped the ball towards the rim for Ebanks to slam home.

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