WVU’s Huggins ejected in first half of Big 12 tourney game

March 10, 2022 GMT
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks to players during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks to players during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks to players during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks to players during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins talks to players during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was ejected from the Mountaineers’ quarterfinal game against No. 6 Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament after he was given two technical fouls in quick succession by referee Doug Sirmons.

The Mountaineers were trailing 19-4 and had missed 16 of their first 17 shots when Taz Sherman was given a technical foul for complaining that he was hacked on a shot at the rim. Huggins roared to the defense of his player, was given a technical of his own, then said a few choice words that earned him a second technical foul and an ejection.

Jalen Wilson made five of the six free throws awarded for the three technical fouls with 9:55 left in the first half.

Larry Harrison, the Mountaineers’ longtime associate head coach, took over when Huggins walked to the locker room.

The Mountaineers rallied to beat Kansas State in the opening round Wednesday night.

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