On Senior Day in Morgantown, West Virginia’s unsung senior had one of the best games of his career in a 79-65 win over the Cincinnati Bearcats.
From the beginning of the game, senior center Rob Summers looked like a man possessed. In the first half alone, Summers had seven rebounds, which bested every rebounding effort he’s had all season save for the win over North Carolina State. The Columbus, Oh. native finished with eight rebounds in all, to go along with five points as he waved goodbye to the gym he’s called home for the past three seasons.
Summers had five of his rebounds on the offensive glass, and paved the way for a Mountaineer effort on the boards that bested the Bearcats by a total of 36-26. Rob also recorded a steal his 28 minutes of play, and left the game along with fellow senior Frank Young to a standing ovation from the 11,968 fans in Morgantown.
Junior point guard Darris Nichols continued his recent hot streak, finishing with 16 points, nine assists and just one turnover while playing a team-high 36 minutes. Nichols was a perfect 10-10 from the foul line, including a pair of free throws that came courtesy of a technical foul on Cincy head coach Mick Cronin.
“Darris is playing pretty well because he’s getting the most minutes of his career,” noted Mountaineer head coach John Beilein afterward.
Sophomore guard Alex Ruoff is quickly becoming a pain in the neck for the Bearcats. Earlier this season in a loss at Cincinnati, Ruoff had a career-high 21 points for West Virginia. On Saturday, he set a new career-high with 23 points, finishing with 9-13 shooting. Ruoff also finished with five assists in his 35 minutes of play.
Finally, Frank Young finished his home career with an exclamation point against the Bearcats. Frank didn’t have his best shooting day (4-10) but still managed to get 12 points. His final field goal of the game came on an emphatic one-handed slam with 3:11 left in regulation, which sent the Coliseum crowd and the Mountaineer bench into a frenzy.