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Friday’s Morning Mashup: UC Santa Barbara fan runs on court, confronts Hawaii coach during game

03.07.14 at 8:03 am ET

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— There has been concern in college basketball circles about fans storming the court after games and the safety issues it creates, especially after last week’s confrontation in Orem, Utah, when angry players from New Mexico State got into a confrontation with a postgame mob from Utah Valley.

On Thursday night, the issue was with just one fan, a student who ran onto the court at UC Santa Barbara and confronted Hawaii coach Gib Arnold just after Arnold received a technical foul for arguing with the referees.

The fan was pushed away by a couple of Hawaii players, and he backpedaled off the court as he gestured toward the players to come after him. He then returned to the student section but eventually was escorted out of the stands.

“It was a little crazy to have a fan pushing your players around,” Arnold said in a postgame TV interview. “I’ve never seen it. You don’t expect it.”

“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.”

— South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin was suspended one game by the school for cursing out one of his player’s during a 72-46 loss to Florida on Tuesday.

Martin, well known for losing his temper, was caught on camera asking Duane Notice a question and then, when Notice did not respond, appearing to scream in his face, “Answer the [expletive] question, [expletive],” and then going on to berate him with more swears.

“This one-game suspension is a result of inappropriate verbal communication as it related to the well-being of our student-athletes,” athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement.

Earlier this season, Martin, who was a Northeastern assistant in the early 2000s, apologized for berating another South Carolina player.

“I got after [Brenton Williams] pretty darned good on the sideline in the first half, and I visited with him about it and apologized to him.” Martin said on Jan. 21. “And I do want to apologize to any fans that were behind the bench that maybe heard what was said. I was wrong for that, and there’s no excuse for it.”

— A man who worked for the University of New Hampshire basketball team was fired after allegedly taking video of players with a hidden phone in the locker room following a game at Vermont in January, the school announced.

Scott Weitzell, who was the team’s part-time director of operations, was arrested on Feb. 21 after failing to cooperate with authorities who tried to seize his cell phone. The 50-year-old was charged with attempting to falsify physical evidence and resisting arrest or detention, according to a report in the New Hampshire Union Leader.

He was suspended by UNH the same day and banned from campus to “remove the risk that Mr. Weitzell posted to the privacy of our students.” Weitzell was fired four days later.

According to the report, police have since obtained additional search warrants and have seized “more materials” that are being reviewed.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 7, 1995, which Celtic became the ninth NBA player to record 25,000 career points when he netted 19 during a 115-10 loss to the Knicks?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think we’€™re starting to see the smart player that we all talked about at the beginning of the year, both ways. He makes smart plays and he also defends well. He’€™s been a really god player, and I just saw him starting to find his game before the Olympic break. I saw him play well at the Olympics, and it’€™s followed up here since he’€™s been back.” — Bruins coach Claude Julien on Loui Eriksson following Thursday’s 3-0 victory over the Capitals

STAT OF THE DAY: 48 — Points by which the Lakers lost to the Clippers on Thursday night (142-94), the Lakers’ most lopsided loss in team history

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Angels star Mike Trout just misses an inside-the-park home run in Thursday’s game against the Dodgers.

ESPN analyst Bill Walton gets emotional when talking about Washington walk-on Connor Smith, who overcame medical issues to join the basketball team.

Dunk specialist Kenny Dobbs leaps over a man who is on fire and throws a flaming basketball through the net, burning it up in the process.

In the first round of the MAAC tournament, Saint Peter’s guard Desi Washington hits a game-winning 3-pointer with one second left in overtime against Fairfield. It was Washington’s third game-winning shot against Fairfield this season. Here are all three, starting with Thursday’s.

Here’s the one on Feb. 25, which came with two seconds remaining.

This one’s from Jan. 8, and it dropped through as the buzzer sounded.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Dominique Wilkins

SOOTHING SOUNDS: J. Geils Band lead singer Peter Wolf was born on this day in 1946.

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