Rider coach spurns handshake, Siena coach shakes the air instead
Siena head basketball coach Jimmy Pastos decided to have a little fun after an intense basketball game against Rider on Tuesday night.
Siena won the game 78–68, and in a mid-game scuffle Siena senior guard Marquis Wright and Rider junior Anthony Durham threw punches and were ejected. Two other players and the two head coaches also received technical fouls.
Following the game, Rider coach Kevin Bennett elected to have his coaches and players skip the post-game handshake, avoiding any additional possible scuffles.
Pastos responded by handshaking air on his way down the line where the Rider players would have been standing to receive their handshakes. However, the gesture was all in good fun. Patsos told ESPN that he didn't have any problems with Baggett taking his team off the court to avoid the handshake line.