UConn coach Dan Hurley, Tulsa coach Frank Haith ejected after handshake in second half

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UConn coach Dan Hurley and Tulsa coach Frank Haith were ejected on Wednesday night after attempting to shake hands after a dispute in the second half. (AP/John Minchillo)
UConn coach Dan Hurley and Tulsa coach Frank Haith were ejected on Wednesday night after attempting to shake hands after a dispute in the second half. (AP/John Minchillo)

UConn coach Dan Hurley and Tulsa coach Frank Haith were simultaneously ejected from their game on Wednesday night in an extremely unusual sequence of events at the Reynolds Center in Oklahoma.

Midway through the second half, after Tulsa had built up a 14-point lead, Haith and Hurley were seen arguing with each other and the officials on the sidelines over a foul call. Officials tried to get them to stop, but finally simply assessed each of them a technical foul.

The coaches then, seemingly past the incident, attempted together for a handshake — likely an effort to bury the disagreement and move on with the game. That’s when they were both assessed a second technical foul and simultaneously ejected.

“I don’t know why Frank and I got the first technical,” Hurley told Stadium’s Jeff Goodman after the game. “We were nowhere near confrontational with one another. We glared at each other.

“We were trying to diffuse the situation and shake hands, and got the second technical and were ejected. I don’t feel this was handled correctly and should be looked at by the league.”

Haith shared Hurley’s point of view.

“It didn’t warrant us both being ejected,” Haith told Goodman. “Both of us are competitors who were fighting for our teams. Could have been defused.”

Hurley called out the officials and urged action from the American Athletic Conference after the game, too, calling the whole incident an “embarrassment.”

The officials, per David Borges of the New Haven Register, explained after the game that the first double technical was for “unsportsmanlike behavior.” The second was for “continuing to violate” that rule.

Tulsa held on to its lead to take an 89-83 win behind a career-high 27 points from Jeriah Horne.

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