UConn head coach Dan Hurley was ejected Tuesday night after receiving a technical foul for pumping up Huskies fans at the XL Center.
Hurley, late in the first half of No. 21 UConn’s 71-69 win over No. 8 Villanova, picked up a technical foul after yelling at an official and slapping the side of the scorers' table.
Hurley then turned to the home crowd and started trying to hype fans up. Almost instantly, he was handed a second technical foul and thrown out of the game.
— Mr Matthew CFB (@MrMatthewCFB) February 23, 2022
“It’s happened to me before, so I obviously knew how to walk out,” Hurley said, via The Athletic’s Charlotte Carroll. “It was surreal. I was stunned.”
UConn held a one-point lead before the technicals resulted in a 6-0 Wildcats run after Collin Gillespie hit three of four free throws and Jermaine Samuels made a 3-pointer.
Though Hurley didn't see it firsthand, UConn secured a massive win after he was sent to the locker room.
The Huskies, who held a one-point lead at halftime, did not give up a Villanova field goal in the final two minutes of the game although a pair of Brandon Slater free throws in the final minute gave the Wildcats a four-point lead.
UConn closed the game on a 6-0 run thanks to a Tyler Polley bucket from behind the arc, and an R.J. Cole layup after a huge steal from Gillespie sealed the win for the Huskies.
TYLER POLLEY FOR THREEEE!!!
69-68 Villanova with 17 seconds left in the game #ThisIsUConn | #BleedBluepic.twitter.com/45nqdhS6aN
— UConn Men's Basketball (@UConnMBB) February 23, 2022
As called by @mikecrispinonyk and heard on the @varsity app: pic.twitter.com/ZxGWo53MZm
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) February 23, 2022
Gillespie led Villanova with 17 points and four assists. Brandon Slater added 17 points, and Jermaine Samuels finished with 13. Villanova had won five straight before Tuesday's loss.
Adama Sanogo led UConn with 20 points and six rebounds while shooting 8-of-14 from the field, and Isaiah Whaley added 13 points. Cole finished the night with 12 points. The Huskies have won four straight and five of their last six.
Down goes Nova 🚨
No. 21 UConn came up with some big plays in the final seconds to top No. 8 Villanova.
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) February 23, 2022
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