Bob Huggins passed Roy Williams with his 904th career victory after his West Virginia Mountaineers defeated the Clemson Tigers, 66-59, Sunday in the Charleston Classic.
It was another milestone night for Huggins. Last week he tied Bobby Knight when his Mountaineers won their second game of the season, 74-59, over Pitt. He then passed Knight in the Mountaineers’ first win in the Charleston Classic. Huggins missed his first shot to pass Williams when his Mountaineers (4-1) lost to Marquette on Friday night.
Now, Huggins is fourth all-time among Division I men’s basketball coaches with at least 600 wins at the Division I level.
Huggins is now 904-329. Before taking over at West Virginia, Huggins coached at Division III Walsh College, Akron, Cincinnati and Kansas State.
The Mountaineers had to rally to beat Clemson, with Sean McNeil icing the game with two free throws with 17 seconds left, part of his 15 second-half points.
Before Huggins and the Mountaineers beat Pitt, the Mountaineers defeated Oakland, 60-53, in the season opener to give Huggins win No. 901. Huggins won his 900th career game when the Mountaineers defeated Morehead State in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament. That made him the sixth coach to win at least 900 career games at the Division I level.
Williams retired at the end of last season with an incredible resume during his career at Kansas and North Carolina. Williams retired with a record of 903-264, a career that included three national championship with the Tar Heels.
There are now just three Division I coaches in front of Huggins — Jim Calhoun, who now coaches at Division III St. Joseph’s in Connecticut, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who is No. 1 on the all-time list and is retiring at season’s end.
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