Punches thrown as huge, wild fight erupts
The American college basketball showdown between the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats ended with a wild melee behind the basket.
The brawl included punches, shoving and at least one player picking up a stool, moments after the Jayhawks tried to dribble out the time on their 81-59 victory.
Silvio De Sousa was stripped by the Wildcats’ DaJuan Gordon near midcourt and Gordon tried to go in for a lay-up. The Jayhawks’ big man recovered and blocked his shot, sending Gordon to the floor, then stood over him barking.
The incident triggered benches to empty and punches to be thrown. At one point, De Souza picked up a stool and held it above his head, looking like he was about to swing it at a Kansas State player before assistant coach Jerrance Howard grabbed it from him.
A cheerleader was also spotted holding back an officer from getting involved.
Benches emptied at the end of the Kansas State-Kansas game. pic.twitter.com/zWv46h3RJC
Call me crazy but why is a police officer being held back by a cheerleader?? #Kansas https://t.co/cWbvjay8Ll
Using a stool is taking things to the extreme.Source:Getty Images
These were wild, ugly scenes in Kansas.Source:Getty Images
It took both coaching staffs and security to separate the teams.
Then, adding to the bizarre finish, both teams were summoned back from the locker rooms by the officials. One-tenth of a second was put on the clock as Kansas State shot free throws to a chorus of boos from the few thousand fans who were still in the arena.
Christian Braun scored a career-high 20 points, Devon Dotson added 18 and Udoka Azubuike finished with ten points and 14 rebounds for Kansas.
Xavier Sneed had 16 points and David Sloan had 14 for the Wildcats (9-15), who continue to struggle on the road.
The Jayhawks built a comfortable 39-23 lead by the break, and all of it came during that soul-crushing 19-2 run midway through the first half that torpedoed just about any chance of an upset. Sloppy play and their inability to convert lay-ups at the rim allowed Kansas to go on the run that defined the game.
Kansas didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but the Jayhawks dominated the glass, kept turnovers to a minimum and played one of their better defensive games all season.
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