Originally posted on The Dagger  |  Last updated 12/10/11
The latest chapter in the heated city rivalry between Xavier and Cincinnati ended with raised fists, elevated tempers and spilled blood. With Xavier leading 76-53 and less than 10 seconds remaining in the game, Musketeers star Tu Holloway and Cincinnati guard Ge'Lawn Guyn got nose-to-nose squawking back and forth with one another in front of the Bearcats bench. Xavier freshman Dezmine Wells came to the defense of his teammate and shoved Guyn, inciting a wild benches-clearing melee that resulted in referees ending the game with 9.4 seconds still left on the clock. The ugliest moments of the brawl both involved Cincinnati players and Xavier 7-foot senior Kenny Frease. First 6-foot-9, 260-pound Yancy Gates dropped an unsuspecting Frease with a right hand to the jaw in the middle of the scrum. Then Cheikh Mbodj appeared to connect with a stomp to Frease's head while he was bloodied and kneeling on the ground. It's unclear how many players on both sides will face punishment for their a...
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