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8 players suspended after brawl

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates got a six-game suspension for throwing punches against No. 8 Xavier, and seven other players were disciplined for a brawl in Saturday's crosstown rivalry game.

Four from each school were suspended Sunday. Three Bearcats got six-game suspensions. Gates, Cincinnati's top frontcourt player, punched Xavier's Kenny Frease in the face and hit at least one other Musketeer, and referees called Xavier's 76-53 win with 9.4 seconds left.

Cincinnati 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, and Dez Wells and Landen Amos for four games each.

Frease was the most badly injured, getting punched and kicked. He had blood streaming from beneath his left eye and was woozy after the game. X-rays were normal, the school said.

Holloway took responsibility Sunday for instigating the brawl: "If I would've never talked to (UC's) bench or if I wouldn't have said anything to their players … I brought the rest of my teammates down."

The suspensions will affect only one Big East game, the Bearcats' league opener at Pittsburgh on Jan. 1. Cincinnati plays USF on Feb. 26 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

No. 16 'bama 62, Detroit 57: JaMychal Green scored 21 for the host Tide (8-2).

MURRAY ST. 76, no. 21 memphis 72: The visiting Racers (10-0) remained one of nine unbeaten Division I teams, surviving a late 8-0 run that got the Tigers (5-3) within one.

NO. 24 ILLINOIS 80, COPPIN ST. 63: D.J. Richardson scored 20 and the host Illini (10-0) used a four-guard lineup to hold off a rally in the second half.

No. 13 kansas: Guard Tyshawn Taylor had surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee and could be out up to three weeks.


No. 1 Baylor 73, St. John's 59: Brittney Griner had 17 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks as the Bears (10-0) won in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden. Trailing 36-30 early in the second half, Griner led an 18-3 run. Baylor next plays host to No. 2 UConn at 8:30 p.m. next Sunday (ESPN).

No. 5 MD. 78, George Mason 50: Alyssa Thomas scored 18 for the visiting Terrapins (11-0).

No. 6 Duke 93, USC-Upstate 35: Elizabeth Williams scored 22 on 10-of-10 shooting for the host Blue Devils (7-2).

No. 7 Tenn. 84, No. 20 DePaul 61: Glory Johnson scored 16 as the Vols (5-2) pulled away from the Blue Demons (8-2) during the second half in the Maggie Dixon Classic. Before the game, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt received the Maggie Dixon Courage award. Summitt has early onset Alzheimer's.

No. 8 Texas A&M 68, TCU 53: The Aggies (7-2) snapped a two-game skid in the finale of a five-game road trip.

No. 10 UK 101, Ark.-Pine Bluff 43: The host Wildcats (10-0) set a school record by forcing 49 turnovers. Kentucky's leading scorer, A'dia Mathies, sat out with an ankle injury; her status for next Sunday's game at No. 3 Notre Dame is unknown.

Central Michigan 75, No. 12 Purdue 62: Brittany Rayburn scored 25 and the host Chippewas outscored the Boilermakers (7-3) 47-25 in the second half.

No. 17 Penn St. 76, Maryland-Eastern Shore 51: The host Lions (8-2) shot 47 percent (27 of 58) from the field and are averaging 80 points over their past six games, going 5-1.

No. 18 UNC 93, E. Tennessee St. 77: Chay Shegog tied a career-high with 26 points and had 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels (7-1).

No. 19 G'town 59, GW 50: Sugar Rodgers had 18 points and six steals as the host Hoyas (9-2) won their eighth straight.

No. 22 Delaware 70, Wake 57: Elena Delle Donne had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and the visiting Blue Hens (8-0) claimed their first win over an ACC team. Wake coach Mike Petersen called Delle Donne "the best player in the country, and it's not even close."

No. 24 OU 72, Wis.-Milwaukee 50: Whitney Hand had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the host Sooners (4-3) avoided losing four straight for the first time since January 2004.

8 players suspended after brawl 12/11/11 [Last modified: Sunday, December 11, 2011 11:36pm]
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