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Punishment issued to WVU’s Harris, Texas Tech for Saturday’s court storming

Does this clean up the mess?

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Big 12 Conference has laid down the law on West Virginia basketball’s Wesley Harris and Texas Tech University after incidents following the game in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday. Somehow, it appears Texas Tech will “come out worse” in this incident.

Harris was videoed striking a fan during the court storming after the No. 8 Red Raiders upset the No. 2 Mountaineers 72-71, the second-year in a row TTU defeated WVU on their home court. The punishment was a public reprimand, but no suspension was announced.

Texas Tech was fined $25,000 and was publicly reprimanded for failure to “ensure that a safe environment is provided for players, coaches, game officials and fans,” said Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 commissioner. He also stated that Harris did not act in accordance to the Big 12 Conference’s Sportsmanship standards.

The fine comes from power granted to Bowlsby in a 2015 environmental safety policy passed after Kansas State fans bumped Kansas’ Jamari Traylor when they stormed the court.

WVU lost on the road after holding an 11-point lead in the second half and fmissed a last-minute opportunity to win the game. Harris tallied eight points in 16 minutes as a starter.

The Mountaineers host Kanas on Monday at 9 p.m. on ESPN. The Red Raiders will enjoy a four-day layoff before traveling to Austin for a game against the Texas Longhorns.