Butler helped off after collision

Updated: April 4, 2010, 11:36 AM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- West Virginia forward Da'Sean Butler had to be helped off the court after injuring his left knee in a hard collision against Duke in the Final Four.

Butler, the Mountaineers' leading scorer, drew a foul after driving into Duke's Brian Zoubek under the basket with 8:59 left in the second half of Saturday night's NCAA semifinal. The senior forward collapsed to the court and writhed in pain as a trainer tried straighten his leg. Teammate John Flowers stood over him clapping his hands in encouragement.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins didn't come out at first, but walked over to Butler after a minute or so as his star player lay there in agony.

Huggins barked at an official for a second, arguing that a foul should have been called on Zoubek, then knelt on the court next to his player. He leaned down to put his face nose-to-nose with Butler, cradling his head and stroking his face, trying to get the senior to calm down.

Butler pounded his fist on the court, then was helped up by a teammate and a trainer, unable to put any weight on his leg as it dragged behind him. He was lifted onto a nearby golf cart and rode to locker room facing backward, stone-faced toward the scoreboard as West Virginia's fans chanted "Da'Sean! Da'Sean!"


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