February 23, 2008

Mazzulla, Alexander master PC

MORGANTOWN--Reserve guard Joe Mazzulla has been averaging about 25 minutes per game in the last nine contests for the West Virginia Mountaineers, and if you were among the announced crowd of 11,319 at The Coliseum Saturday night or part of a cable television audience you could understand why.

Mazzulla tallied 4 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and no turnovers for the Mountaineers in their 80-53 rout of woeful Providence, and while his floor game was important to the overall effect of the outcome, his hustle may have sparked the Gold and Blue after their backside got whipped Wednesday night at Villanova.

In the 78-56 loss to the Wildcats, Mazzulla, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound sophomore from a Providence suburb, was one of the few coach Bob Huggins' players who showed a pulse. The former Rhode Island schoolboy player of the year scored 11 points, hauled down 5 rebounds and seemed to be the only visitor on the floor who wanted to shoot (6 attempts).

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