Cincinnati suspends four players after brawl
Cincinnati suspended four players for their roles in a brawl that ended their lopsided loss to Xavier.
Yancy Gages, Octavius Ellis and Cheikh Mbodj were handed six-game suspensions and Ge’Lawn Guyn is banned for one contest. The punishments include the NCAA’s automatic one-game suspensions that result for ejections from fighting.
“After reviewing all available video and giving due deliberation to the seriousness of this behavior, we have decided to take these actions,” Cincinnati athletic director Whit Babcock said in the statement.
“We want to deal with this in a prompt and direct manner and send the message that we will not tolerate this from those who have the privilege of representing the University of Cincinnati.”
No. 8 Xavier remained unbeaten with a 76-53 home victory over crosstown rival Cincinnati on Saturday in a game stopped with 9.4 seconds left after a bench-clearing brawl.
The emotions of the rivalry bubbled over when Xavier’s Tu Holloway and Guyn exchanged words in front of the Cincinnati bench, sparking the altercation.
Both teams spilled onto the floor. Several punches were thrown by players on both teams. Xavier’s Kenny Frease walked off the court with a bloody face.
The officials stopped the game at that point, and it took several minutes to clear both teams off the court. The officials remained at the scorer’s table, reviewing footage of the melee.
“It’s a complete embarrassment,” Cincinnati coach Mark Cronin told ESPN.com. “Toughness is doing the right thing. You take your ass-whipping and go home. If my players don’t act the right way, they will never play another game at Cincinnati.”