University of Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell was ejected from Saturday's game at Western Kentucky University shortly before halftime after throwing a punch at a Hilltoppers player.
The scuffle began after Harrell rebounded a shot in the lane, had the ball stripped away, then went to the floor to try to get it back. Harrell rose from the scramble, bumped a referee and took a swing that appeared to glance off Western Kentucky guard Avery Patterson.
Harrell received a technical foul and was ejected. Western Kentucky Coach Ray Harper and Louisville Coach Rick Pitino exchanged words at midcourt as the referees were sorting out the skirmish. Both coaches were whistled for technical fouls.
Louisville led Western Kentucky 29-24 at halftime.
Harrell was leading the Cardinals with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists when he was ejected.
Louisville (10-0) went on to defeat Western Kentucky (5-5) 76-67.
Terry Rozier led the Cardinals with 32 points.
The Cardinals have one game remaining -- Tuesday night vs. Cal State Northridge -- before hosting the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats next Saturday. Harrell might have to sit out the Northridge game as a result of his ejection.
Harrell was apologetic when he met the media after the game.
“Spur of the moment. A team situation, a dog pile and everything just took a turn for the worse, honestly,” Harrell said. “I overreacted in the heat of that moment and situation .... and I just want to apologize to my teammates; I want to apologize to the University of Louisville and apologize to my coaching staff. I know I shouldn’t have reacted in that way, and I’m truly sorry and apologize for the way I reacted, and have just got to move forward.”