Da'Sean Butler Scores 19 in First Half, 30-25 WVU

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIMarch 21, 2010

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 19:  Da'Sean Butler #1 of the West Virginia Mountaineers against the Morgan State Bears during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at HSBC Arena on March 19, 2010 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Da'Sean Butler highlighted the first half of the West Virginia Mountaineers-Missouri Tigers second-round NCAA Tournament game with 19 points and two rebounds giving the Mountaineers a 30-25 lead going into halftime.

West Virginia started the game on a slower pace compared to their Big 12 counterparts who love to take advantage of mistakes by using the full-court press defense.

Missouri freshman guard Michael Dixon came off the bench and gave the Tigers a quick seven points to help pull the game to 25-25 with about three minutes left.

The Mountaineers never trailed in the first half taking advantage of the inexperience of the Tigers and using their own speed against them.

Unfortunately, the Tigers didn't anticipate that the Mountaineers could also play tight defense.

Missouri's offense struggled, while the Mountaineers defense began to play at a quicker pace, turning it over six times.

Missouri Freshman guard Michael Dixon lead the Tigers with seven points off the bench, while 6'8", sophomore forward Laurence Bowers recorded six points, four blocks, and three rebounds for the Tigers in the first-half.