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College Basketball: Mountaineers dismantle Buckeyes

Alex Ruoff scored 17 points to lead West Virginia and coach Bob Huggins to a 76-48 win over No. 15 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, yesterday.

Alex Ruoff scored 17 points to lead West Virginia and coach Bob Huggins to a 76-48 win over No. 15 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, yesterday.

Da'Sean Butler scored 16 points - all but two in the first half - for West Virginia (10-2), who handed Ohio State (9-1) its first defeat of the season.

Up by seven at halftime, the Mountaineers extended the lead to more than 20 midway through the second half and then poured it on.

The loss not only ended Ohio State's perfect start, it wiped out a 14-game winning streak overall, including last season's five-game run to the NIT title. The Buckeyes had also won their last 54 games in Columbus against unranked teams.

William Buford and Jeremie Simmons each scored 11 points for Ohio State.

It was a particularly sweet victory for Huggins, a schoolboy star in Ohio for his famous coaching father. Huggins served as an assistant at Ohio State under Eldon Miller but, after coaching at Akron and turning Cincinnati into a perennial power, was snubbed twice by Ohio State administrators when the head coaching job opened.

On top of that, the Buckeyes wouldn't even schedule Cincinnati while Huggins was there.

Huggins came in 0-2 against Ohio State, losing both times while he was coaching at Akron.

Michigan State 82, Oakland (Mich.), 66

- Goran Suton had 16 points and nine rebounds as the No. 11 Spartans (9-2) beat the Golden Grizzlies (8-7) in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Suton made his first start in over a month. He missed six games with a knee injury, then came off the bench in Michigan State's next two games.

Keith Benson led the Golden Grizzlies (8-7) with 20 points. Oakland star Derick Nelson, playing just his second game after breaking his foot in the preseason, did not score in limited action. Nelson and Suton were once teammates for Lansing Everett's high school champions.

Louisville 82, UAB 62

- Terrence Williams had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Samardo Samuels added 17 points and 11 boards and the No. 19 Cardinals (8-2), with their revamped lineup, eased by the Blazers (8-4) in Louisville, Ky.

Earl Clark - who didn't start for the first time this season after coach Rick Pitino chastised him for inconsistent play - had 12 points, and four rebounds.

Robert Vaden led UAB with 22 points.

Missouri 107, SIU-Edwardsville 57

- DeMarre Carroll had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 25 Tigers (10-2) clobbered the Cougars (2-11) in Columbia, Mo.

Guard Miguel Paul scored 12, while Kim English and Laurence Bowers each had 10 points for Missouri, who had six players in double figures. Leo Lyons and Marcus Denmon each added 11 points.

Mark Yelovich led SIU-Edwardsville with 13 points.


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