"We constantly try to educate and stress to our guys the importance of making good decisions and being good citizens," Toole said when the punishment was announced. "Karon made a mistake and he's going to have to face the consequences of this mistake."
Abraham, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound guard, averages 14 points per game. He was leading the team in scoring when he was suspended. Sophomore forward Russell Johnson now leads the team in scoring (14.7) and rebounding (7.7) The Colonials, who gave Villanova fits in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season, are 1-3 without Abraham.
"You coach your personality," Huggins said. "What happens sometimes is I think guys decide they want to be someone they're not. You can go out for two or three days and try to emulate it and then all of a sudden you're back to being yourself and everyone looks around and says, 'Who the hell is this guy?' I think you have to be consistent with what you do. It's hard to make them consistent when you're not consistent."
Robert Morris has beaten Saint Peter's (N.J.), Long Island and Duquesne, but counts losses to Pitt, Kent State, Cleveland State and St. Francis (N.Y.) Saturday. Abraham has not been reinstated.
"(Abraham) is very important to their team," Huggins said. "He's got experience, he's got great ball skills and he can make shots. They're what we were in Charleston with what they've gone through for four games."
Huggins kept guard Truck Bryant and forward Danny Jennings out of the lineup against VMI Nov. 27 at the Charleston Civic Center. The Mountaineers struggled with different lineups before pulling away for an 82-66 victory.
WVU responded by beating American, 71-50, Dec. 1, but lost at Miami on Saturday, 79-76, despite leading by 13 with 12 minutes to play. The Mountaineers fell to 71-7 under Huggins when they lead at the half and 77-4 when they lead by at least 10 points.
WVU shot 51.9 percent in the second half and 43.6 percent in the game even with Casey Mitchell going 5-for-15 and 3-for-10 from 3-point range and forward Kevin Jones shooting 5-for-17. Starting forward Deniz Kilicli was 0-for-1 with no points, one rebound and three turnovers in just nine minutes.
The defense couldn't deter Miami's driving guards and then switched to a zone that gave up jumpers. Huggins also disliked his team's rebounding and passing and said some players are thinking too much and not reacting enough.
He can fall back on his experience to fix the problems.
"I've coached close to a thousand games or somewhere in there," said Huggins, who has coached 918 games as a head coach, 88 as an assistant and 28 as a graduate assistant. "You see a lot of things. It's easier to see and recognize things after you've seen them a bunch of times.
"When you haven't seen them, you can't substitute for that. If you do your job and go back and study tape, you can see why certain things happen. You're more apt to recognize than you would be if you haven't seen it before."