March 25, 2005

Students set more than 50 fires to celebrate WVU victory

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- University officials condemned students and fans who celebrated West Virginia's victory in an NCAA regional semifinal by setting about 50 street fires.

The Mountaineers defeated Texas Tech 65-60 on Thursday night, moving West Virginia into the regional finals for the first time since Jerry West led the school to the NCAA championship game in 1959.

``It's unfortunate that people who had nothing to do with the team's victory stole the spotlight briefly after the game,'' said Ken Gray, WVU's vice president for student affairs.

Gray vowed Friday that students who set fires will face sanctions, including expulsion.

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