Seton Hall, Wagner coaches get into skirmish during postgame handshake


A handshake between two head coaches Saturday turned ugly in New Jersey.

After Seton Hall defeated Wagner, 71-52, Pirates head coach Shaheen Holloway pulled Donald Copeland’s arm while the two spoke and had to be separated.

The Asbury Park Press said the two, former Seton Hall guards, shared a “warm embrace” before the game.

Wagner’s Tahron Allen fouled a Pirate with 37 seconds left when all Seton Hall had to do was just dribble the clock out.


Holloway made his displeasure known to Copeland before yanking his arm and advancing in the line while other coaches stood in their way.

The Pirates coach expressed regret after the game.

“I take full responsibility for that,” Holloway said afterward. “I like Donald. Donald is like a little brother to me. I am super disappointed that that happened. As the bigger brother, I take full responsibility for it because it should have never happened.

“I’ve got to realize, when guys are competing, friendship and stuff like that go out the window,” he added.

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