While the Cincinnati-Xavier brawl remains the ugliest moment thus far in the college basketball season, a fight during a game between Arizona State and Southern Mississippi on Monday night had the potential to equal it after a sucker punch was thrown and players flooded the court.
As Golden Eagles guard LaShay Page lofted a 3-pointer, teammate Torye Pelham tried to box out Arizona State's Ruslan Pateev. But Pelham appeared to let his emotions get the best of him and delivered a forearm to Pateev's chin. After Page's shot fell true, Pelham began jogging back to play defense, but Pateev retaliated by grabbing his jersey and punching him in the back of the head.
Both benches cleared and the players had to be separated. Fortunately, those who came charging toward the fight did so as peacemakers rather than escalators. The scuffle was mercifully brief and both players were ejected, along with Southern Mississippi's Ahyaoro Phillips for leaving the bench.
As if a fight and a trio of ejections wasn't enough to make the game memorable, Southern Miss. would go on to win in amazing fashion as senior Darnell Dodson hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Pelham and Pateev will be suspended for one game.