Butler Third In All-Time WVU Scoring
Da'Sean Butler
Da'Sean Butler

Posted Feb 17, 2010


If you're known by the company you keep, West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler is running in a very good crowd.

He may not have been a primo recruit when then coach John Beilein plucked him out of Newark, N.J., but he has been as steady a player as you could ask for, avoided injury and, at times, has been among the most spectacular ever to play for the Mountaineers.

When Butler went off for 32 points Feb. 12 in a triple-overtime loss to Pittsburgh, a disappointing game that ended around midnight, perhaps his greatest accomplishment was all but lost.

That scoring outburst in a building where he had averaged just seven points a game for three previous games lifted him into third place all-time scoring at WVU.

Ahead of him are two Hall of Fame players -- Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley. They are the only two WVU players to reach 2,000 points.

Butler jumped to 1,867 points with the 32-point performance at Pitt. He has six more regular-season games plus the Big East Tournament and NCAA to score 133 points and become the third player ever at WVU to reach 2,000 points.

Butler recently passed Greg Jones and Rod Thorn on the list and roared past Wil Robinson in his last effort.


NOTES, QUOTES

  • Fred Schaus, 84, a former player, coach and athletic director who coached both Hot Rod Hundley and Jerry West and who coached the Mountaineers to the NCAA finals in 1958, died on Feb. 11. Schaus also coached the Los Angeles Lakers and was general manager of the team that included West, Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain and won the 1972 NBA championship while winning 33 straight games.

  • WVU is 16-0 when holding opponents to 69 points or less this season.

  • F Wellington Smith continued his hot shooting hand against Pitt as he hit four of eight shots. The senior has been hitting at a 60 percent clip in his last seven games.

  • When F Da'Sean Butler scored 32 points against Pitt, it was the fifth time this season he has scored 26 or more points in a game.


    ON THE SPOT: F Kevin Jones got off to a huge start this season. Forced into the starting lineup when Devin Ebanks missed the season's first three games, Jones played so well that he remained in the lineup. Jones was a sharpshooter from the field for much of the early going but over his last four games has fallen back, hitting only 38 percent. He's also had three straight games scoring beneath his 14 points-a-game average.


    QUOTE TO NOTE: "For us to have this talent we're supposed to have -- we're supposed to win this game, we're supposed to beat this team by this many points and that many points or whatever the case is -- well, we have all these great players and we didn't execute and we didn't finish. That's what's frustrating."

    -- WVU star F Da'Sean Butler after his team blew a late lead and lost in three overtimes to Pitt.


    STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

    SEASON RECAP: The Mountaineers climbed as high as No. 4 in the nation and were looking at a potential No. 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament until Villanova and Pitt came along sent them spinning into a two-game losing streak.

    The Villanova loss came at home and the Pitt loss was disastrous, as the Mountaineers blew a seven-point lead in the last minute and lost in triple overtime. Now, rather than fighting for a top seed, the Mountaineers are trying to gain the double bye in the Big East Tournament. The top four finishers in the league's regular season race earn that reward.

    GAME REVIEW:

    West Virginia 79, St. John's. 60
    Villanova 82, West Virginia 75
    Pittsburgh 98, West Virginia 95 (3 OT)


    GAME PREVIEW:

    at Providence, Wednesday, Feb. 17
    vs. Seton Hall, Saturday, Feb. 20
    at Connecticut, Monday, Feb. 22
    vs. Cincinnati, Saturday, Feb. 27
    vs. Georgetown, Monday, March 1

    IN FOCUS: A week ago no one could have forecast that the most crucial game in the season may be the Feb. 17 meeting at Providence, but all of a sudden WVU is looking at having to dig out of a hole. The Mountaineers not only have lost two straight, but the loss to Pitt was crushing as they blew the lead in regulation and went three overtimes before losing. Winning on the road is never easy in the Big East and having to do it coming off such a hard hit makes it so much more so.


    ROSTER REPORT:

  • F Wellington Smith banged up his shin slightly in the triple-overtime loss to Pitt. Ice was applied after he fouled out but he is expected to be able to play against Providence.

  • It appeared as though G Casey Mitchell had earned more playing time when he scored 12 points in a nine-minute appearance against Villanova but he didn't get off the bench until the third overtime and played only one minutes against Pitt.

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