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Scuffle reported after WVU-Hawaii basketball game leaves AD injured

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The University of Hawaii's athletic director was hurt in a scuffle that broke out following a West Virginia University women's basketball victory over his school's team Sunday night.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the incident in which the school official, Ben Jay, tried to intervene. WVU and Hawaii squared off on the court as part of the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic tournament.

After WVU won the tournament with a 59-56 victory over Hawaii and awards were being prepared, a fight reportedly broke out behind the West Virginia bench.

A Honolulu television station reported that the incident began with a Hawaii fan who was heckling the Mountaineers and their fans. See video here.

Michelle Yu, spokesperson for the Honolulu Police Department, confirmed the incident.

"It appears a UH fan was heckling the visiting team," she said. "After the game, a scuffle ensued. The UH athletic director, and maybe a visitor from West Virginia, had minor injuries. The UH fan was not identified."

Hawaii's athletic director, Jay, remained kneeling on the Stan Sheriff Center court for several minutes, the Star-Advertiser reported, after it appeared he tried to intervene.

Jay received treatment from EMTs on the court for his back. He walked off the court slowly under his own power after about 20 minutes, saying his back "spasmed up" on him.

"We were getting ready to do the awards ceremony and I saw the fight break out in the corner, so I just leaped over there to try and help break it up," Jay told reporters. "We were just trying to peel people off and keep everybody from swinging and everything. And then I got hit with something in the back.

"I guess I got a big bruise back there. I can't tell you."

The wife of WVU coach Mike Carey fainted in the commotion, Carey told the paper, but was said to have recovered.

A UH spokesperson said no one was taken to a hospital. No arrests were immediately known. WVU officials told UH they would not press charges.

WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck released a statement on the incident Monday, as the team was traveling back to Morgantown.

"I have spoken to the University of Hawaii Director of Athletics as well as with our women's basketball head coach and team administrator," Luck said in the emailed statement.

"Our team is currently traveling back from Hawaii, and we are in the process of obtaining more facts about the unfortunate incident that took place after the game and prior to the trophy presentation. We will continue to work with the University of Hawaii officials to gather all the facts and bring the situation to a close."

"Our team is currently traveling back from Hawaii, and we are in the process of obtaining more facts about the unfortunate incident that took place after the game and prior to the trophy presentation. We will continue to work with the University of Hawaii officials to gather all the facts and bring the situation to a close."


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