SANTA BARBARA, Calif. » A UC Santa Barbara basketball fan ran on the court and confronted Hawaii coach Gib Arnold during the Big West Conference game Thursday night.
The male student stormed the court while Arnold was arguing with the referees after Hawaii’s Brandon Spearman was called for an intentional foul.
Hawaii forward Christian Standhardinger pushed the man away from Arnold. Teammate Garrett Nevels also shoved away the fan, who gestured for the players to come after him as he backpedaled off the court.
"The student will obviously face legal action," Santa Barbara athletic department spokesman Bill Mahoney said. "He will also be subject to action from a judicial review board through UCSB student affairs. … I can’t speculate on the penalties."
The tense scene came a week after New Mexico State’s K.C. Ross-Miller hurled the ball at Utah Valley’s Holton Hunsaker seconds after a game in Orem, Utah, triggering a brawl that involved fans who came on the court.