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Fan runs on floor, confronts Hawaii coach

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A fan ran on the court Thursday night and got in the face of Hawaii coach Gib Arnold during the Warriors' 86-77 loss at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday.

The fan was pushed back by two Hawaii players, and he then motioned for the players to fight him as he backed away.

A UC Santa Barbara spokesman told ESPN that the fan was arrested by campus police, but he did not confirm that the arrested man was a student and did not release the man's name.

"Historically when things like this happen, the student, who was arrested, would go in front of Judicial Affairs, which is part of Student Affairs," school spokesman Bill Mahoney wrote in an email to ESPN. "The extent of his punishment would be speculation, but I would doubt it will be mild."

Hawaii guard Brandon Spearman was whistled for an intentional foul late in the first half with the Gauchos ahead 30-16. Arnold stepped onto the court to argue the call, and he was restrained by one of his players, guard Keith Shamburger.

At that point, the young male fan ran onto the court from the opposite side and approached Arnold while apparently shouting at the coach. Two Hawaii players, forward Christian Standhardinger and guard Garrett Nevels, both pushed the fan away from Arnold.

"I've never seen anything like that in 22 years of coaching and a lot of years of playing," Arnold said on ESPNU following the game. "It was a little crazy having a fan running and pushing your guys around on the game floor like that. Never seen it. You don't really expect it. A little different."

The incident was the third in the past month in which fans became involved with a college basketball game.

Oklahoma State suspended star guard Marcus Smart three games for shoving a Texas Tech fan in the final seconds of a Feb. 8 game. The fan later admitted calling Smart a derogatory term.

Two New Mexico State players were suspended by the Western Athletic Conference for their role in a postgame melee with Utah Valley fans who had rushed the court after the Wolverines' overtime win on Feb. 27.
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