Report: Fan who ran on court during UCSB game was arrested

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

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A report Friday by the Associated Press states the fan who approached Hawaii coach Gib Arnold mid-game and on the court Thursday night was arrested shortly thereafter.

UCSB athletic department spokesman Bill Mahoney told the AP the unnamed young man was arrested after the first half of UCSB's 86-77 over the Rainbow Warriors.

On Friday UCSB released a statement regarding the incident.

"On behalf of the UCSB student-athletes and staff we are disappointed and saddened by the singular act of a student during the first half of last night's men's basketball game versus Hawaii," the press release reads. "We have apologized to Hawai'i athletics director Ben Jay and Big West commissioner Dennis Farrell. Head coach Bob Williams also apologized to Hawai'i head coach Gib Arnold on behalf of the department.

"The safety of all student-athletes, coaches and fans is paramount to us and we are reviewing the night and solidifying event protocol in hopes of preventing any one person from repeating this incident.

"This one person's selfish act does not represent the passionate atmosphere our students display. We also note there were no incidents before, during or after the game by the students or anyone else."

No further information is known regarding the current status of the fan in question.

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