In Cincinnati on Saturday, eighth-ranked Xavier beat its crosstown rival the Cincinnati Bearcats 76-53 in a contest that was heated throughout. But the game never got to end properly, as the Xavier-Cincinnati game escalated into a fight that became all-out basket-brawl.
The game of steady trash talk was finally called with 9.4 seconds remaining after the teams got into a fight on the court. Both benches cleared and shoves and swings flew. The referees assumed there was no way to restore order, so the ended the game, with Xavier claiming the win.
The rivalry, because of its crosstown nature, is known for intensity. The teams had exchanged harsh words heading into the locker rooms for the half, but referees had stepped in between the players to break it up. But before the game ended, the fight ultimately broke out. One player, Xavier center Kenny Frease, left the court with blood running down his face after the fight.
Video reveals he was punched by Cincinnati's Yancy Gates, and kicked after falling to the floor from the blow.
There's no excuse for any of them, on our side, on their side, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. Guys need to grow up. There is zero excuse for that in basketball. You've got to learn how to win on one side, you've got to learn how to lose on the other side.
Suspensions are expected once officials from the Atlantic 10 Conference and the Big East, of which Xavier and Cincinnati are members, have the opportunity to review the tape.
See the video of the Xavier-Cincinnati basket-brawl fight below: