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Arnold has run-in with Gauchos fan

Student enters court, confronts UH coach

March 7, 2014
The Maui News

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A UC Santa Barbara basketball fan ran on the court and confronted Hawaii coach Gib Arnold during the Gauchos' 86-77 victory over the Rainbow Warriors on Thursday.

The male student stormed the court while Arnold was arguing with the referees after Hawaii's Brandon Spearman was called for an intentional foul.

The Rainbow Warriors forward Christian Standhardinger came off the bench and pushed the fan 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.

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The fan ran back into the stands and was removed from the arena by security.

The incident occurred with the Gauchos ahead 30-16 with 6 minutes, 2 seconds left in the first half.

"It doesn't concern me. It's rare. I hope security would be better," Arnold was quoted as saying on "The guy was wasted and in a different world. It is what it is. You can't control crazies. That's why they're crazy."

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 on the court.

UC Santa Barbara spokesman Bill Mahoney said the fan was arrested by campus police, according to ESPN. Mahoney, who did not identify the fan, said if he was a student he would face discipline and could be expelled.

"The student will obviously face legal action," 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."

Alan Williams paced the Gauchos (20-8, 11-4 Big West) with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Kyle Bos-well had 17 points and Zalmico Harmon added 16. UC Santa Barbara wrapped up at least the second seed in the Big West tournament, remaining a game behind UC Irvine with one game left for each in the regular season.

"I was happy with a lot of things tonight," coach Bob Williams said. "While I wasn't happy that we didn't close the game out strong, I thought getting the lead to 19 points against a quality opponent was impressive. I was also happy that Bos finished his home career with a very good game."

Santa Barbara reached 20 wins for the third time in five seasons and the 12th time overall.

Standhardinger scored 18 points for UH (19-10, 8-7), and Keith Shamburger had 16.

The Gauchos used a 23-5 run early in the first half - including three 3-pointers by Bryson - to open a 28-12 lead. The Rainbow Warriors countered with a 10-0 run just before half to cut it to 39-27.

Boswell's layup with 11:22 left put Santa Barbara ahead 59-40. Hawaii trimmed it to seven with 23 seconds left on Aaron Valdes' 3-pointer.

Hawaii's regular-season finale is Saturday at home against Cal State Fullerton.



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