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Bob Huggins says he is "fine" after on-court scare

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Bob Huggins speaks with WVU senior guard Teyvon Myers along the sideline. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Bob Huggins speaks with WVU senior guard Teyvon Myers along the sideline. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)
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Bob Huggins says he is fine after a scary moment in a 77-62 win over Texas Monday night.

The win took a backseat to the head coach’s well being as Huggins dropped to his knees while on the court coming out of a timeout.  WVU players and coaches immediately motioned to the team trainers to tend to Huggins as he remained down in front of more than 10,000 hushed fans inside the Coliseum.

“It comes out of nowhere,” Huggins said after the game. “I guess I got a little light-headed, which I do when I stand up too fast sometimes. A lot of that is old age and a lot of it is some of the medication I take. I’m like 99.9 percent of other guys my age in America – I’ve got AFib.

Huggins referenced an atrial fibrillation problem, which caused his internal defibrillator to go off as he left the team huddle. According to the American Heart Association, at least 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib, which is defined as “a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.”

The pain “feels like a horse kicked you,” Huggins said.

Huggins, suffered a heart attack in 2002, said he has had the defibrillator for “a long time” and that it has gone off one other time before Monday night.

“I didn’t like it either time,” he said after the win.

Two weeks ago, Huggins was assessed a technical foul when he fell to the court following an offensive foul called on Lamont West.

“I was just afraid I’d get a technical,” Huggins joked on his post game radio show in regards to Monday night’s incident. “I was standing there saying they’ll probably give me a technical again. The last time, my knee gave out, they gave me a technical.”

West Virginia (22-6, 10-5) will have a bit of a break this week following the win over Texas as the Mountaineers will travel to the Lone Star State on Friday for back-to-back road games at TCU and at Baylor before returning home to wrap up the regular season with Iowa State on March 3.

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