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Bob Huggins Receives ‘900 Win’ Jersey at West Virginia Opener

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Bob Huggins was given a ‘900-win’ Jersey before the West Virginia Mountaineers’ home opener against Oakland on Tuesday night.

The Mountaineers defeated Oakland, 60-53. With the victory, Huggins is now one win behind Bobby Knight for fifth place on the list.

West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons presented the framed jersey to Huggins during a pre-game ceremony. The Mountaineers surrounded Huggins from behind during the ceremony.

 

West Virginia shared the pre-game ceremony photo via social media.

Huggins won his 900th career game when the Mountaineers defeated Morehead State in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Two nights later, the Mountaineers fell to Syracuse with a berth to the Sweet 16 on the line.

Huggins missed on earning election to the Basketball Hall of Fame in the last voting cycle, though he was a finalist for the fourth time. He is one of just six head coaches in Division I with at least 900 career wins.

The Mountaineers opened the season with a starting lineup that include five players that played for West Virginia last season — guards Taz Sherman, Sean McNeil and Kedrian Johnson, and forwards Jalen Bridges and Isaiah Cottrell.

Cottrell missed the Big 12 season with a torn Achilles.

Sherman led the Mountaineers with 18 points, while McNeil added 11 points. They were the only two Mountaineers in double figures. Sherman also had five assists and four rebounds. McNeil had four assists. Cottrell had six points and four rebounds in his season debut. Bridges added seven points and a block. Off the bench, Dimon Carrigan and Gabe Osabuohein each had six points.

The Mountaineers host Pitt in the yearly ‘Backyard Brawl’ game on Friday.

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