Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
The "Holy War" got a little ugly when St. Joes' Halil Kanasevic flipped off the Villanova student section late in Tuesday's contest.
In a game known for its intensity both between the players and fan bases, things got a touch out of hand Tuesday night between the St. Joe's Hawks and Villanova Wildcats.
Midway through the second half with the game tied at 47, Halil Kanacevic knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Hawks ahead before Jay Wright called a timeout. On the way to the bench, Kanasevic gave the ol' double-bird to the Villanova student section, prompting an immediate and continued response of loud booing, per CSNPhilly.com.
Coincidence or not, Villanova came out from that point and went on a 6-0 run, eventually winning the game 65-61 to top their inter-city rivals.
The incident was unfortunate, especially because it upstaged such a compelling game otherwise.
Villanova got a James Bell 3-pointer with just under 30 seconds to go that proved to be the difference, making for one of the more memorable clashes between these two foes in some time.