The needed spark came when Hunter received a back-to-back technical fouls, and was ejected, with 11:48 left, for arguing a foul call. It was the first technical Hunter has received this season and he said the seventh of his career.
After Eric Buckner was knocked to the court, Hunter said he asked official Jerry Heater, “What was that?”
Hunter said Heater responded, “Shut the [expletive] up,”
which set Hunter off and resulted in his ejection. Heater left before he could be reached for comment.
“I will protect my kids and my team,” Hunter said. “I will call whoever. ... He is a CAA official.
“I give everyone I know respect. I might not have to like you or agree with you. If my program isn’t respected, I will stick up for myself, and I will stick up for my program.”
Hunter said he and Heater also had a disagreement in a game at George Mason earlier this season.