KU, K-State players brawl in seating area behind basket at end of Jayhawks' victory

Blair Kerkhoff, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Basketball

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Kansas' 81-60 basketball victory over Kansas State in the Sunflower Showdown ended in brawl.

KU and K-State players spilled off the floor and into a baseline seating area after Kansas big man Silvio DeSousa blocked a last-second layup attempt by Antonio Gordon, who had come up with a steal with a few seconds remaining, and stood over Gordon.

The play happened close to the Kansas State bench. Wildcats players rushed to Gordon, and Kansas players left the bench.

The fracas spilled into the seating area behind press row where spectators sit in folding chairs and some in wheelchairs. Punches were thrown. DeSousa picked up a stool but it was grabbed away before he could swing it.

After coaches and team officials helped stop the fight, the teams left for the locker room. But the players who were on the floor for the teams when the game ended returned to the court. A technical foul had been called on DeSousa with 1 second remaining.

The players who were on the floor at the end of the game were the only ones eligible to return. According to ESPN, all players for both teams who left the bench were ejected from the game.


The volatile ending came after a big game for Jayhawks freshman guard Christian Braun.

Braun, who went to Blue Valley Northwest, scored a season-high 20 points in helping the Jayhawks. He matched his season best of 11 by halftime on the strength of three triples. He surpassed it with a three-pointer on KU's first possession of the second half.

Braun finished with 20, becoming the sixth Kansas player to score at least 20 in a game this season.

Third-ranked Kansas improved to 15-3 overall and 5-1 in the Big 12, a game behind Baylor. K-State dropped to 8-10 and 1-5.


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