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West Virginia investigating incident of player allegedly punching Tech fan

Video shows West Virginia player allegedly punching a Texas Tech fan storming the court

After Texas Tech defeated the No. 2 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, video captured a West Virginia player allegedly punching a fan that was storming the court. Video is courtesy of Matt Embry, @coachembry/Twitter.
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After Texas Tech defeated the No. 2 ranked West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, video captured a West Virginia player allegedly punching a fan that was storming the court. Video is courtesy of Matt Embry, @coachembry/Twitter.

This is likely to rekindle the debate on court storming.

After eighth-ranked Texas Tech’s 72-71 win over No. 2 West Virginia on Saturday night in Lubbock, Texas, Red Raiders fans ran onto the court to celebrate the victory.

At one point in the video above, it appears that a Mountaineer player punched a Tech fan. That player has been identified as West Virginia sophomore forward Wesley Harris.

West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons wrote in an email to Mitch Vingle of the Charleston Gazette-Mail on Sunday that both schools and the Big 12 are reviewing the incident.

“I have had positive and open dialogue throughout the day with the Big 12 Conference and Texas Tech,” Lyons wrote. “The issues of court security, player safety and postgame emotions all come into play with this situation. All three parties will continue to work together to review the information available and come to an appropriate outcome after all the facts have been addressed.”

According to the Associated Press, Big 12 spokeswoman Joni Lehmann said the league is following its protocols for sportsmanship and ethical conduct and declined further comment.

Texas Tech and West Virginia are both 4-1 in Big 12 play and tied with Kansas and Oklahoma. The Jayhawks play the Mountaineers on Monday night in Morgantown, W.Va.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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