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Scuffle mars end of Wahine game; athletic director Jay hurt

By Brian McInnis

LAST UPDATED: 09:31 p.m. HST, Nov 17, 2013

A scuffle lasting several minutes marred the end of the Hawaii women's basketball team's 59-56 loss against West Virginia. UH athletic director Ben Jay was hurt in the chaos and remained kneeling on the Stan Sheriff Center court for several minutes.

Moments after the game while Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic tournament awards were being prepared, a fight broke out behind the West Virginia bench among Mountaineers fans, the visiting team, and at least one UH fan.

Jay appeared to try to intervene and emerged from the fracas a few minutes later holding his face. He lay kneeling close to the center court "H" for more than 10 minutes while people attended to him.

Jay received treatment from EMTs on the court for his back. He walked off the court slowly under his own power after about 20 minutes, saying his back "spasmed up" on him.

"We were getting ready to do the awards ceremony and I saw the fight break out in the corner, so I just leaped over there to try and help break it up," Jay said. "We were just trying to peel people off and keep everybody from swinging and everything. And then I got hit with something in the back.

"I guess I got a big bruise back there. I can't tell you."

Rainbow Wahine coach Laura Beeman focused on keeping her team out of the chaos from across the court.

"He was either stomped, hit with a chair or punched," Beeman said of Jay. "He was in the middle of it, but he did a remarkable job of trying to break things up. People lost their minds. Talk about mob mentality. People were looking for a reason to fight and be ignorant. I hope Ben is OK but he got hit really good."

Questions about the level of security in the arena arose in the immediate aftermath.

"Obviously we needed some help in there, but it's the kind of thing we need to really break up fast," Jay said. "It's unfortunate and everything. It was a fan and I think a (WVU) assistant coach got into it, and that's where it got out of control."

Arena manager Rich Sheriff said there might have been a few security members short on the Sunday game, but he said a normal complement also would have been ill-prepared for such chaos.

"In 19 years, we haven't had anything like that," Sheriff said. 

"We've never had an incident in women's basketball. It's just one of those things. Now we're going to have to look at our security plan and probably beef it up, and just make sure our people are doing everything they can so it doesn't happen again.

"There were so many people involved, that's something you would have to staff up pretty heavily for it. In that moment, you can only just react when it happens."

The wife of WVU coach Mike Carey fainted in the commotion, Carey said, but was said to have recovered.

"He was heckling the whole game," Carey said of the fan he claimed escalated a confrontation right after the final whistle. "And people can do that, that's no biggie. He came down from the stands trying to go after my assistant coach. That's what happened. And then somebody grabbed him, stopped him and he kept trying to go, and people fell. That's when all the commotion started."

Beeman and Carey wished each other well on the court afterward.

A UH spokesperson said no one was taken to a hospital. No arrests were immediately known. WVU officials told UH they would not press charges.

Hawaii forward Kamilah Jackson became the program's second player with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in the game. She was named the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic tournament MVP.

The Mountaineers took a 10-point lead in the second half and held off a late Rainbow Wahine rally. UH (3-2) got to within three points with 40 seconds left, but fouled the Mountaineers (3-1) at the other end and the visitors from the Big 12 Conference held on.

The only previous player in UH history to notch 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds was the late Judy Mosley.

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Oahuan wrote:
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on November 17,2013 | 06:40PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
That was a really unnecessary comment when someone gets hurt for trying to restore order. If you were trying to make a humorous comment you failed...no class.
on November 17,2013 | 09:25PM
HanabataDays wrote:
This comment hasn't been deleted.
on November 18,2013 | 02:49AM
fairgame947 wrote:
Additional security wouldn't have really helped as they were mostly just college kids toniht. But then the adults they have at other games certainly are not of the type to break up a situation like this. It happened so quickly. Just all of a sudden so many Mountaineer fans were brawling. While I watched from the far side of the incident, you could tell any of the UH fans were WAY outnumbered. But there probably does need to be at least one HPD on site at all times. The statement that a WVU coach was involved was obvious!
on November 17,2013 | 07:39PM
luv2play wrote:
This must have been brewing throughout the game.
on November 17,2013 | 07:56PM
luv2play wrote:
Sheriff's comment that this was "one of those things" is ridiculous. Makes it sound like it's a daily occurrence around the country. At a women's basketball game? Jeez.
on November 17,2013 | 07:57PM
Oahuan wrote:
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on November 17,2013 | 08:14PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
No one was castrated except your disrespect of past players who wore the Rainbow Warrior proudly. I'd like to confront Al Noga and make that stupid comment.
on November 17,2013 | 09:28PM
MrRealistic wrote:
Common on Sheriff, do your job. Be prepared for anything, the safety of the fans and players comes first. Just so happened that you were short security tonight, BS. You take your job for granted, be grateful you have a job there- I've worked with you before, we all know how arrogant you are.
on November 17,2013 | 08:21PM
st1d wrote:
should be easy to identify the fan who started this and issue a ban prohibiting him from attending any university game in any sport for a few years at least. not sure if additional security would have prevented the incident, but now that it happened security should be trained to identify preincident markers of fan violence to avoid any future incident.
on November 17,2013 | 08:22PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
i would lick this fan..so shame for hawaii
on November 17,2013 | 08:25PM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Yes that fan had no class.
on November 17,2013 | 09:30PM
niimi wrote:
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on November 17,2013 | 08:25PM
walaau808 wrote:
How do you know the fan was local?
on November 17,2013 | 09:12PM
KailuaAce wrote:
Sounds like the spectators were a bit buzzing.
on November 17,2013 | 09:03PM
CriticalReader wrote:
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on November 17,2013 | 09:15PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Seems like in more than one area, Mr. Jay overestimates himself and others' reaction to his presence. On the other hand, maybe a little more humility will be forthcoming.
on November 17,2013 | 09:27PM
pukahead1 wrote:
Critter ... er .... whatever ...
on November 18,2013 | 04:37AM
oldertimer808 wrote:
Try getting hit from the back by a coward because it has nothing to do with no can handle.
on November 17,2013 | 09:31PM
boya_jr wrote:
Way to go Ben, thanks for looking after public safety even if you are putting yourself at risk. UH is our house.
on November 17,2013 | 10:08PM
nitpikker wrote:
time to get rid of sheriff. hes kept a really low profile since the wonder fiasco.
on November 17,2013 | 11:45PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Scary, pathetic Manoa side
on November 17,2013 | 11:59PM
Giligan wrote:
Ben Jay is the only UH official working for his high pay. Where is Apple, Rockne, and the linebacker (Greenwood)?
on November 18,2013 | 08:14AM
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