Xavier/Cincinnati basketball brawl leads to multiple suspensions

Cincinnati's Ge'Lawn Guyn was one of eight players suspended after the fight.

CINCINNATI (APABC7) — Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates got a six-game suspension on Sunday for throwing punches during a brawl with No. 8 Xavier in the closing minute of their annual crosstown rivalry game.

Gates punched Xavier's Kenny Frease in the face, causing a nasty gash below his left eye, and hit at least one other Musketeer during the fracas on Saturday, which prompted the referees to call Xavier's 76-53 win with 9.4 seconds left.

The Bearcats also gave Cheikh Mbodj and Octavius Ellis six-game suspensions. Ge'Lawn Guyn was suspended for one game.

Xavier suspended point guard Tu Holloway for one game, guard Mark Lyons for two games, and Dez Wells and Landen Amos for four games each.

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The brawl started with less than 10 seconds to play in the Crosstown Showdown, an annual match-up of Cincinnati's two most prominent college basketball programs.

As time ticked down, Xavier and Cincinnati players, who had been taunting each other during the game and in the days leading up to it, begin exchanging punches and shoves.

The game was called off with 9.4 seconds left after multiple ejections.