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December 30, 2008
Weekly awards: Ruoff key for Mountaineers
West Virginia guard Alex Ruoff followed up a record-setting performance by helping his team deliver a history-making win.
Those back-to-back efforts made Ruoff, a 6-foot-6 senior, the Rivals.com National Player of the Week.
Ruoff set a school record Tuesday with nine 3-pointers on his way to scoring a career-high 38 points in an 89-54 thrashing of Radford. Although he scored less than half as many points in West Virginia's next game, he helped the Mountaineers win a game that was undoubtedly twice as satisfying.
Ruoff scored a team-high 17 points Saturday in a 76-48 road triumph over previously undefeated Ohio State, which entered the game ranked 15th in the nation. The 28-point victory over the Buckeyes marked West Virginia's most one-sided road win over a ranked foe in school history.
West Virginia is 10-2 thanks in large part to Ruoff, who has scored a team-high 17 points per game while shooting 46.3 percent overall and 40.2 percent from 3-point range. He also leads the Mountaineers with 22 steals.
Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson averaged 30 points and 12.5 rebounds in victories over Tennessee State and Florida Atlantic. He scored 33 points against Tennessee State and 27 against Florida Atlantic.
Illinois guard Trent Meacham shot 7-of-11 from 3-point range and 12-of-13 from the free-throw line while averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in victories over Eastern Michigan and Missouri. Meachem, a senior, set a career high with 23 points in a 75-59 triumph over Missouri, which entered the game ranked 25th in the nation.
NON-BIG SIX PLAYER OF THE WEEK: G Jeremiah Dominguez, Portland State
Dominguez shot 7-of-10 from 3-point range, scored 25 points, pulled down six rebounds and dished out five assists in Portland State's 77-70 upset of No. 7 Gonzaga. This marked the first time the Vikings had beaten a Top 25 team since relaunching their basketball program in 1996-97.
Dominguez, a 5-foot-6 senior, also contributed 15 points and six steals in a 63-55 victory over Texas Southern.
Marist forward Ryan Schneider tallied 22 points, 19 rebounds and four assists in a 74-69 victory over Delaware. He followed that up with 29 points, nine rebounds and five assists in an 89-63 win over Bucknell.
Saint Mary's forward Diamon Simpson produced three double-doubles in one week. Simpson had 11 points and 16 rebounds in a 74-65 win over Pacific, 20 points and 13 boards in an 87-78 victory over San Jose State and 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 76-60 victory over Morgan State. Simpson averaged five blocks per game during that stretch. The San Jose State and Morgan State performances came on back-to-back days.
Lipscomb center Adnan Hodzic had 19 points and five rebounds in a 74-69 upset of Indiana. He also scored 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds in a 79-76 loss to Elon.
Santa Clara center John Bryant compiled 27 points and 22 rebounds – including 10 offensive boards – in a 77-69 loss to Stanford.
Virginia Commonwealth forward Larry Sanders had 21 points, 19 rebounds (eight offensive) and four blocks in a 59-54 victory over Hampton.
UC Irvine forward/center Kevin Bland had 21 points and 13 rebounds in a 60-52 loss to Utah. He also contributed 13 points and 18 boards in a 64-51 win over Norfolk State.
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: G Sylven Landesberg, Virginia
Landesberg delivered 26 points, six rebounds and five assists to help Virginia win its Atlantic Coast Conference opener 88-84 at Georgia Tech in overtime. He also scored nine points in a 74-48 victory over Hampton.
USC forward DeMar DeRozen had 18 points and five rebounds in a 66-56 victory over Oral Roberts. He also recorded 17 points, five rebounds and three assists in a 76-57 win over Georgia Tech.
Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.