Once upon a time, Ken Bone was the head coach of a team at WSU that appeared to win a game with a last second shot, only to see that result wiped out by a technical foul after a player ran off the bench and onto the court to celebrate just a little too soon.
Now, Ken Bone is an assistant coach at Montana, a team that appeared to win a Big Sky Tournament game against Northern Arizona last night, only to have someone run off the bench and onto the court to celebrate just a little too soon:
Gregory hits a two for the lead, but an unsuited player was on the court after. Potential technical. #BigSkyMBB pic.twitter.com/7GQ90Pp8xZ— Brooks Nuanez (@Brooksnuanez) March 14, 2015
In case you missed it:
That isn't a technical? .4 left and he is in the middle of the court. #NAU #BigSkyMBB pic.twitter.com/UC5N8P4aGv— Cody Bashore (@AZDS_Bashore) March 14, 2015
Only, unlike the Cougs, Montana was not called for a technical foul, and the Grizzlies went on to win the game. Oh, and the opposing coach was just upset enough to nearly cause a brawl at midcourt after the game (starts at 0:42):
Truth be told, Montana actually probably has WSU to thank for this not resulting in a technical foul. Almost immediately after the incident in Pullman, the referees changed their interpretation of the rule in an effort to avoid calling technical fouls in that kind of a situation.
But the Northern Arizona coach has a valid complaint since, unlike Oregon in the game against WSU, the Lumberjacks actually were prevented from inbounding the ball -- you can see the pass coming in as the player is diving back to the sideline.
@RobDauster @NussCoug wonder if Ken Bone had a moment of deja vu there on the Montana bench— Pullmaniac (@PullmaniacWSU) March 14, 2015
This time, though, Bone's team got off the hook.