Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard was ejected from his team's 82-71 loss Tuesday night to Bob Huggins and the No. 14 West Virginia Mountaineers as Beard argued with officials with 23.5 seconds left in the game, and he walked across the court and gave Huggins a sportsmanlike fist-bump as a brief departure from giving them a piece of his mind.
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WVU was led Tuesday night by former Cooper High School standout Sean McNeil - who scored a game-high 26 - and former Moeller High School standout Miles McBride, who added 20.
After WVU's first win of the season against the Red Raiders late last month - on a game-winning shot in the final seconds by McBride - Huggins celebrated by sharing a photo on Twitter with some heartfelt words about this season's Mountaineers.
Last month, Huggins earned his 300th win as WVU's head coach in dramatic fashion, as the Mountaineers rallied from a 19-point deficit in the final 11 minutes to down Oklahoma State, 87-84.
The former University of Cincinnati Bearcats head coach was included among eligible candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2021 - the fourth consecutive year Huggins has been on the Hall of Fame's ballot.
Huggins - in his 14th season as WVU's head coach - ranks eighth in wins among coaches at Div. I programs with 820.
In 16 seasons at UC, Huggins' record was 399–127. The Bearcats reached the Elite Eight three times under Huggins in the 1990s and the Final Four once (1991-92).
Huggins said last October that McBride has drawn "calls and interest from people at the next level."
In November, Huggins thanked former Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman for visiting Morgantown to address Huggins' basketball team.
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