Fran McCaffery and Iowa skip handshake line after beating North Dakota

Big Sky favorite North Dakota gave Iowa a good fight Tuesday before falling 84-73. The Fighting Hawks played through the final buzzer despite a double-digit deficit, using physical defense to force a steal with two seconds left.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was not pleased and instructed his team to go straight to the locker room and skip the customary handshake line.

This is not the first time McCaffery has pulled this move. When he was the head coach at Siena in 2010, he snubbed the handshake line after a 78-61 win against Manhattan in the MAAC quarterfinals.

McCaffery was not interested in discussing the matter in much detail after Tuesday’s game.

“I wasn’t pleased with how the game ended and the things that happened,” McCaffery said. “I will say this: I have a lot of respect for [North Dakota coach Brian Jones]. I don’t think they teach that kind of stuff, but I was not having it. That’s not the way to play.

“The game’s over. We don’t need Pete getting knocked to the floor. We don’t need guys getting up in Jordan’s face. We don’t need Nicholas Baer’s head getting chopped off. We don’t need it. We won.”

A reporter asked McCaffery what specifically he didn’t like, and all he responded with was: “Were you at the game? Well, then you should know what I didn’t like.”

True to his word, McCaffery has had his team back off in losses this season during the final seconds when the game is out of reach.

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