It turned out that the fan didn’t like the way Tech’s student section, after Orange guard John Gillon missed the rim with a 3-pointer toward the end of the first half, chanted “Airball” at him whenever he touched the ball for the remainder of the game. (Gillon, a 42.5 percent 3-point shooter going into the game, finished the game 1-for-7 from 3-point range.) Pastner, recounting the conversation on his weekly radio show Monday night, said that the fan told him it was offensive, unclassy and wrong.
Pastner responded by telling the fan that the game was not intramurals, “nor is it the Love Boat, where everyone gets served cocktails at 4 p.m. This is men’s elite college basketball.” He added that, were a Tech player to miss the rim when the two teams meet again at the Carrier Dome on March 4, “30,000 people would be chanting ‘Airball’ for the entire game.” With that, he said they would have to agree to disagree.