Men's Basketball, WVU Sports

Bob Huggins moves past Jim Calhoun on all-time wins list, as West Virginia powers past Portland State

PORTLAND, Ore. — Tre Mitchell scored 16 points to lead West Virginia to a 89-71 win over Portland State in a Phil Knight Legacy tournament consolation game on Friday night, vaulting Bob Huggins into third place all-time for Division I coaching victories.

Huggins, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September, improved to 921-400 in his career and broke a tie with Jim Calhoun — who earned 625 of his 920 wins at Connecticut — and sits behind only Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and recently retired Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.


Mitchell scored inside with 17:32 left in the first half to give the Mountaineers the lead for good and spark a 15-4 run that made it 20-10 about four minutes later.

Emmitt Matthews Jr. scored 14 points, Seth Wilson and Kedrian Johnson added 12 points apiece while Erik Stevenson and Joe Touassaint each scored 11 for West Virginia (5-1).

Matthews threw down a dunk and then made two free throws to open the second half and give West Virginia a 21-point lead with 19:02 to play.

Portland State scored 10 consecutive points to trim its deficit to 60-50 with 13 minutes remaining, but Toussaint answered with a jumper and, 15 seconds later, a layup and the Vikings got no closer.

Cameron Parker made 13 of 13 from the free-throw line and finished with 18 points for Portland State (2-4). Hunter Woods added 12 points for the Vikings.


West Virginia plays Florida in Sunday’s fifth-place game.