Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Mountaineers Riding High on Second Win

That's right, I'm talking about the basketball team. And it really has nothing to do with anything but this headline from BGN, "West Virginia Stones Slippery Rock." The time just hasn't been there to get into the Mountaineer basketball team, but I think this team is going to be ok. As young as they are, there are sure to be times that they lose games they should win. It's all part of becoming a team.

At any rate, WVU won 87-37. Da'Sean Butler looks to be someone we are going like in the Blue and Gold.

For the second consecutive game, freshman Da’Sean Butler sparked WVU off the bench. He scored a game-high 15 points and Joe Alexander and Devan Bawinkel added 14 and 13, respectively, as the Mountaineers matched their largest win under fifth-year coach John Beilein. It was the largest WVU win overall since a 125-64 victory over St. Bonaventure here on Jan. 3, 1991.

Butler, who scored 11 points in the opener, hit the first two shots of the game after his entrance during the first official timeout. The forward followed his run-out dunk off a steal with a backdoor lay-up that gave WVU the lead for good at 12-11 with 13:57 left in the first half. That followed a competitive initial six minutes that had eight lead changes.

Now I know this is Slippery Rock we are talking about here, so let's not get too excited. Many of you reading this could probably get 10 and 5 against SR. But, this team is more talented in speed and athleticism than last years team. If they are able to shoot and pass like last years team, they will be scary. I'll have more after the Pitt game.

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