Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley exchanged heated words late in the Terrapins' 86-63 victory over the Rams on Wednesday night in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge.
With 1:43 to play in the second half, Maryland senior Jake Layman hit a three-pointer from the corner to extend his team's lead to 81-57. Turgeon called a timeout seconds later so as to allow his end-of-the-bench players to enter the game.
That is when words were exchanged. Television cameras showed Turgeon shouting in the direction of Rhode Island's bench while being restrained by sophomore guard Melo Trimble. A double technical was called.
It seems most likely that Hurley could have taken exception to one of two things (or perhaps the combination of the two) during the sequence.
Layman's three-pointer was not a late look to prevent a shot clock violation. It was an in-rhythm three off a good dish in the middle of the shot clock. With time and situation, perhaps that is what rubbed Hurley the wrong way.
It could also have been a reaction to Turgeon's timeout that followed. Up by that much, a timeout for the sake of a timeout would be considered in poor taste. Turgeon, though, did it to get his two walk-ons in the game.
On the CBS Sports Network broadcast, color analyst Doug Gottlieb defended the legitimacy of Turgeon's timeout in that situation to get those players into the game.
According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, the two coaches exchanged words after the game as well.
Terps win 86-63. Melo Trimble MVP. Mark Turgeon and Danny Hurley had words during and after the game. Trimble had 17 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast.
— Don Markus (@sportsprof56) November 26, 2015
Also according to Markus, who cites a tournament official, Hurley "made derogatory expletive remarks to Maryland players in the handshake line, setting off Turgeon" after the Terrapins' victory. Read more from the Sun here.