Mountaineers Defeat Longwood

  • November 20, 2008 09:57 PM
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By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
November 20, 2008

Longwood 54, West Virginia 86
WVU Coliseum
Morgantown, W.Va.
West Virginia
Stat Comparison
FG Made-Att 17-56 26-56
FG Percentage 30.4% 46.4%
3P Made-Att 3-15 5-17
3P Percentage 20.0% 29.4%
FT Made-Att 17-21 29-44
FT Percentage 81.0% 65.9%
Rebounds 27 54
Turnovers 21 23
Top WVU Players
Top Scorer
Top Rebounder

Darryl Bryant
16 Points
Devin Ebanks / Kevin Jones
Alex Ruoff / Wellington Smith
7 Rebounds

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Mountaineers defeated Longwood, 86-54, in their first game of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday evening at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers (2-0) were led by the play of Darryl “Truck” Bryant, who provided another double-figure scoring effort off the bench. The Brooklyn, N.Y., resident totaled 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including 2-of-2 from three-point range.

Senior Alex Ruoff contributed 12 points, shooting 5-of-12 from the floor. He also added seven rebounds, while Da’Sean Butler also chipped in with 12 points, going 3-of-6 from the floor in 25 minutes of action.

WVU shot well for the second straight contest, going 26-of-56 shooting (46.4 percent). The Mountaineers used plenty of ball pressure to coax the Lancers (2-2) into shooting 30.4 percent from the field.

Scoring from inside was not a problem for WVU, which totaled 32 points in the paint. Wellington Smith and John Flowers added eight points apiece, and Devin Ebanks finished with seven.

The Mountaineers outrebounded Longwood by a 2-to-1 ratio, finishing with 54 boards while the Lancers mustered 27 rebounds. WVU, however, was bitten by 23 turnovers, but was able to force 21 Lancer turnovers.

Jonnie West chipped in five points, all in the second half. WVU amassed 48 second half points. Joe Mazzulla added eight points and dished out a team-high four assists in 23 minutes of play.

WVU overcame a sluggish start to end the first half on an offensive flurry, taking a 43-19 lead at halftime. Bryant nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:11 left to extend WVU’s lead to 38-19, and followed with a fast break dunk with 56 seconds left.

On the next possession, Bryant cut through the lane and kicked out a pass to Ruoff, who hit a three-pointer from the left wing to match the halftime score.

Ebanks displayed a highlight-reel dunk after running the floor in transition and taking a pass from Mazzulla at the right elbow to finish with a thunderous jam with 14:22 left.

The Mountaineer defense stifled Longwood, holding the Lancers to 7-of-25 shooting (28 percent), while WVU shot 50 percent (15-30) through the first 20 minutes. The Mountaineers managed to hold Longwood without a field goal for the game’s first 7:56 until Jeffrey Ryan scored on a layup to make it 11-3.

Longwood’s Dana Smith scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Ryan Bogan had 11 points.

WVU returns with its second game of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. against Delaware State. The game will be played at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.Va. and an online pay-per-view stream of the game will be offered through MSNsportsNET.com.