[Update: Cincinnati has suspended Yancy Gates, Cheikh Mbodj and Octavius Ellis for six games a piece and Ge'Lawn Guyn for one. Xavier suspended Dezmine Wells and Landen Amos four games, Mark Lyons for two games and Tu Holloway for one game.]
It wasn’t quite as bad as the Georgetown brawl in China from this past summer, but the rivalry game between No. 8 Xavier and Cincinnati ended in very ugly fashion Saturday when a brawl resulted in the contest being called with 9.4 seconds remaining.
With the Musketeers just seconds away from a 76-53 victory, Xavier’s Tu Holloway and Cincinnati’s Ge’Lawn Guyn starting trash talking each other. After Guyn put his hand on Holloway, Xavier’s Dezmine Wells shoved Guyn down to start the bench-clearing melee.
The ugliest part of the fight came when Bearcats forward Yancy Gates only perpetuated the reputation of UC players as misfits when he slugged Xavier center Kenny Frease in the face with a brutal cheap shot that left Frease bloodied. A very talented but underachieving senior big man who was averaging 12.9 PPG and 9.1 RPG so far this season, Gates was suspended last February for a violation of team rules but claimed he was a changed man in October.
Xavier’s Holloway didn’t exactly sound contrite after the game, admitting that he trash talked the UC bench.
Said Holloway: “I talked to that whole staff. I said this is my city. I’m cut from a different cloth. None of them guys on their team is like me. I let the whole staff know none of them was like me.”
“We’re grown men over here. We got a whole bunch of gangsters in the locker room. Not thugs, but tough guys on the court.”
Um, right. You can expect Xavier coach Chris Mack to talk to his star guard about those remarks and Holloway could face a suspension for his actions.
As for Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin, he said after the game that he will meet with the school’s president and athletic director to see which Bearcats will remain on the team, meaning Gates might not just be facing a very lengthy suspension but could be finished entirely at the program.