The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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February 16, 2010

WVU looks to bounce back vs. Providence

Da’Sean Butler is no doubt one of the top players in the Big East.

On stats alone (17.8 points per game, 6.2 rebounds, 80 assists, 47 threes) Butler is among the best. His scoring, assists and threes lead the team.

But he is also the heart and soul of the squad — the captain — and time and time again he has come up big for his team.

So Butler’s two misses on the front end of the a one-and-one late against Pitt still bother the senior, who is third all-time on the WVU scoring leaders list (behind only Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley) and is three double figure games from 100 for his career (a school record already).

That is why he is the undisputed leader. Because Butler won’t take failure lying down.

No. 8 West Virginia (19-5, 8-4 Big East) will try to bounce back from two-game losing streak tonight at Providence. The game at the Dunkin Donuts Center at Providence, R.I. tips off at 7 p.m. It will be televised live on Fox Pittsburgh (Ch. 28).

Bob Huggins isn’t fretting over the lack of success at the foul line. The Mountaineers were 18-of-32 at the free throw line in a loss to Villanova at the Coliseum last Monday and counting Butler’s two misses, WVU missed three front ends of one-and-ones down the stretch.

“We’ve shot a lot of free throws,” Huggins said. “We didn’t shoot a bunch of them early on because we were trying to get everything in, but over the break and since then we’ve had them make at least 50 and some days when we’ve had enough time, they’ve made 100.”

The Friars (12-13, 4-9) have lost their last five, the last a 92-81 shootout on the road at Villanova Saturday. Jamine Peterson and Sharaud Curry scored 19 points each for the Friars.

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