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W. Va. rolls then blasts fans

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Several objects were thrown onto the court after Pittsburgh had nearly erased a double-digit deficit, prompting West Virginia coach Bob Huggins to grab the courtside microphone and tell the restless sellout crowd, "That's stupid."

His players took over from there.

Da'Sean Butler had 18 points, Kevin Jones added 16 and the pair stepped up their games after Huggins' speech midway through the second half, carrying No. 6 West Virginia to a 70-51 win over the No. 22 Panthers on Wednesday night.

West Virginia (18-3, 7-2 Big East) made 5 of 10 3-pointers after halftime and fed off the energy of the third-largest home crowd in school history and the successful debut of suspended freshman Deniz Kilicli to earn its fifth straight win.

But some fans' behavior cast a shadow over a solid win.

"It was uncalled for," Butler said. "Take that outside if you're going to do it. I don't know what the fans are trying to prove whether they're tough or not but it's not what we do. I would appreciate it if they would stop. It might cost us a game."

Huggins grabbed a microphone a short time after objects were thrown on the court with 12:08 left, telling the crowd, "Don't throw anything on the floor. That's stupid."

With 5:14 left, as officials were reviewing on the courtside TV a scuffle under the basket, Pittsburgh assistant coach Tom Herrion was hit with what appeared to be a coin under his right eye.

"I think the fans throwing stuff out on the court was wrong," Huggins said. "You want them to be enthusiastic and they've been terrific. I love them to death, but whoever threw things on the floor is dumb. You just can't do that."

Pittsburgh (16-6, 6-4) was outrebounded 45-31, shot 30 percent, made six field goals after halftime and had its second-fewest points this season.

NO. 1 KANSAS 72, COLORADO 66, OT: Marcus Morris had six of his 15 points in overtime and grabbed a key rebound as the visiting Jayhawks (21-1, 7-0 Big 12) avoided a huge upset.

NO. 13 OHIO ST. 75, PENN ST. 62: Evan Turner had 22 of his 27 points in the second half and Jon Diebler hit a big 3-pointer for the host Buckeyes (17-6, 7-3 Big Ten).

NO. 18 VANDY 75, MISS. ST. 72: Jermaine Beal had 17 points for the host Commodores (17-4, 6-1 SEC), who bounced back four days after losing their first league game at Kentucky.

NO. 19 TEMPLE 76, DUQUESNE 60: Lavoy Allen had 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead the host Owls (19-4, 7-1 Atlantic 10) to their eighth win in nine games.

NO. 20 BAYLOR 84, IOWA ST. 63: LaceDarius Dunn had 21 points, including four 3-pointers, for the host Bears (17-4, 4-3 Big 12).

NO. 24 N. IOWA 59, WICHITA ST. 56: Kwadzo Ahelegbe had 15 of his 18 points in the second half for the host Panthers (20-2, 11-1 Missouri Valley Conference).

State

NOVA SE 97, TAMPA 88: Luke Roesch had 19 points as the host Sharks beat the Spartans (9-10, 3-7 Sunshine State Conference).

ECKERD 71, BARRY 54: Zaronn Cann had 18 points to lead the visiting Tritons (12-7, 5-4 SSC) to victory.

W. Va. rolls then blasts fans 02/03/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 4, 2010 12:04am]
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