As the West Virginia women’s basketball team was putting the finishing touches on a 59-56 win over Hawaii at the Rainbow Wahine Classic Sunday night, a fight broke out behind the Mountaineers bench. According to a TV report:
a UH fan located directly behind the West Virginia bench was heckling Mountaineer fans. He then got into a shouting match with members of the WVU staff in the closing seconds of the game.
A West Virginia supporter grabbed the Hawaii fan which jump-started a brawl that spilled on to the Stan Sheriff Center floor.
There were no arrests. But there was one injury: Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay. It appears he was hit with a chair or some other object. From the Star Advertiser:
“He was either stomped, hit with a chair or punched. 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.”
The wife of West Virginia coach Mike Carey fainted during the fight, but all indications are that she’s fine.
[UPDATE: Jeff Culhane from the Mountaineer Sports Network was at the game and close to the incident. Here's what he saw. He apologies in advance for the ALL CAPS:
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