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