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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.

Also considered:

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.

Iowa State forward Craig Brackins had 38 points and 14 rebounds in a 71-67 victory over Houston. He also had 18 points in a 65-58 loss to South Dakota State.

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.

Alabama guard Alonzo Gee had consecutive 20-point games in victories over Chattanooga and Yale. He also had 10 rebounds in the Yale game.

Arizona forward Jordan Hill had 23 points and 11 rebounds in an 84-67 victory over Kansas.

North Carolina forward/center Tyler Hansbrough had 26 points and 10 rebounds in a 97-75 whipping of Rutgers.

Michigan center DeShawn Sims had 20 points and 20 rebounds in a 76-59 victory over Florida Gulf Coast.

Baylor guard Curtis Jerrells had a triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 74-59 win over Hartford.

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.

Also considered:

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.

Also considered:

Florida State forward Chris Singleton provided 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks off the bench in an 82-69 victory over Western Kentucky.

Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway had a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds in an 86-63 triumph over Florida A&M.

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.

Louisville forward/center Samardo Samuels had 17 points and 11 rebounds in an 82-62 win over UAB.

Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com.

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