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Xavier-Cincinnati ends in a brawl

Dec 10, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

Ugly ending to an ugly game.

With 9.4 seconds left on the clock, No. 8 Xavier was up 76-53 on Cincinnati in the Crosstown Shootout. As always, this was an intense game with plenty of squawking going on between the two teams. But Ge’Lawn Guyn got in Tu Holloway’s, Dez Wells shoved Guyn and, well, all hell broke loose:

Yancy Gates sucker-punched Kenny Frease, opening up a cut on his cheek. Frease then got the back of his head stomped by Cheikh Mbodj. While all that is happening, Mark Lyons and Dez Wells are throwing haymakers at a couple of Cincinnati players in the corner of the court.

In my opinion, the two players that deserve the most blame for this fight are Wells and Gates. Wells pushing Guyn the way he did sparked it, and Gates firing a chest pass at Wells and then punching Frease escalated what was simply benches clearing into a full-on brawl. There are going to be a lot of suspensions coming out of this game between the punches that were thrown and the players that left the bench. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a couple of arrests that came out of it.

But why are we surprised this happened?

This is one of the most heated rivalries in the country. Every season, when this game is played, there is some pushing and shoving. That’s what makes it attending the Crosstown Shootout a college basketball bucket list game. When there is this much emotion involved in a game between two teams as physical as Xavier and Cincinnati are, these things will happen.

Its not pretty, its an embarrassment. Its utterly and completely unacceptable. But it comes with the territory. Its hypocritical for us to hype up how enthralling a rivalry like this — heated, physical, emotional — is to watch and then destroy these kids when their emotions bubble over.

That said, there have to be serious ramifications from this fight. There will be quite a few players suspended for a number of games. I wouldn’t be surprised, based Mick Cronin’s comments after the game, if Yancy Gates was no longer a member of the Cincinnati team. And depending on how many games and how many players are suspended, this could have an exetended negative impact on Xavier’s season.

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I have a feeling we will be talking about this fight for a long time.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.

  1. imwhitewolf - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    There’s no place in college basketball for this garbage. One thing that bothers me is Holloway. After listening to him and his quotes after the gamet make me wonder if he’d even be in college if he didn’t have the basket ball talent he does. The young man can’t even use the correct words (“them guys”) in a sentence and seems to think he and his teammates are thugs

  2. maco88 - Dec 10, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    This quote was from Tu Holloway’s press conference, “None of them guys on that team is like me, so I don’t understand. I felt disrespected for them guys.” I would assume that he got a scholarship to play basketball at Xavier. So how is he passing any of his college courses with that kind of grammar?

    • concernedcitizen001 - Dec 11, 2011 at 3:07 AM

      Maybe you should aks him? LOL

  3. slipperyjohnson - Dec 10, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Should we really be surprised? Another typical case of black thugs unable to keep the “hood mentality” out of the sports they participate in.

    • concernedcitizen001 - Dec 11, 2011 at 3:11 AM

      One throws a sucker punch and then a team mate stomps said punched player while he’s on the floor trying to get away. Fine upstanding young men indeed. Thugs fighting a bunch of b!tches, all over what?!?!?! “He disrespected me!” Whaaaaaah

  4. imaduffer - Dec 11, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Let us not forget who employs these student/athletes.

  5. massivedick - Dec 11, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Typical ghetto ass thugs. These guys should not be allowed to play basketball. They obviously never attended high school let alone college classes. They should be AXED to leave. Coaches need to start recruiting character AND athleticism, not head stomping, sucker punching, tatted up home boyz.

  6. bustingtail - Dec 11, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Just saw that Yates(?) got a 6 game suspension. What a joke. He misses ONE Big East game – the rest of the games look like a bunch of cream puffs. Guy is throwing punches at everyone and anyone and gets a lousy 6 game suspension. NCAA and UofC should be embarassed by this. Kick the kid off the team and make an example of him. Show that this sort of barbaric behavior will not be tolerated.

  7. bustingtail - Dec 11, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Sorry, see the kid’s name is Yancy Gates.

  8. snotienose - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    So this is what college basketball has come to, a bunch of thugs having what amounts to as a gang fight. They talk like stupid uneducated tattoed thugs. This is disgusting.

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