For Pete's Sake

Angry Iowa Hawkeyes basketball coach pulls team off court after game

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery during Tuesday’s game.
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery during Tuesday’s game. The Associated Press

Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery had seen enough.

The final buzzer of what would be Iowa’s 84-73 win over North Dakota on Tuesday couldn’t come fast enough for McCaffrey, who was upset with the rough play in the final minute.

According to Iowa City Press-Citizen, Hawkeyes point guard Jordan Bohannon received a technical foul after getting tangled up with a North Dakota player with 37 seconds left. A North Dakota player committed a hard foul on Iowa’s Peter Jok with 12 seconds remaining.

Then, with 3 seconds left, Iowa’s Nicholas Baer had the ball and was waiting for the clock to run out when a North Dakota player stole the ball and the Fighting Hawks tried to score a late basket.

“The game’s over,” McCaffery told reporters. “We don’t need Pete (Jok) getting knocked to the floor. We don’t need guys getting up in Jordan’s face. We don’t need Nicholas’ head getting chopped off. The game’s over. Move on.”

The Press-Citizen reported that McCaffery “feared what would happen in a handshake line after a contentious basketball game.”

“I wasn’t pleased with how the game ended and the things that happened,” McCaffery told reporters. “I don’t think they teach that kind of stuff, but I was not having it. That’s not the way to play.”

North Dakota coach Brian Jones, who was an assistant when Steve Alford coached at Iowa, defended his team.

“They’re not malicious kids, they’re good kids,” Jones told the Associated Press. “They’re just trying to compete until the final horn goes off. That’s all.”

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