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Cincy's Gates suspended 6 games for brawl

CINCINNATI -- Yancy Gates, a Cincinnati forward, got a six-game suspension yesterday for throwing punches at No. 8 Xavier, and seven other players were disciplined for their roles in a brawl that ended the annual crosstown rivalry game.

Four Bearcats and four Musketeers were suspended in all. Three Cincinnati players got six-game suspensions, the longest of those handed out.

Gates punched Xavier's Kenny Frease in the face, causing a nasty gash below his left eye, and hit at least one other Musketeer during the fracas on Saturday, which prompted the referees to call Xavier's 76-53 win with 9.4 seconds left.

The Bearcats also 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.

The brawl left both programs with a black eye, prompting repeated apologies by both schools.

It started in the closing seconds when Holloway talked to the Cincinnati bench. Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick had said during the week leading up to the game that Holloway wasn't good enough to start for the Bearcats.

Holloway wanted the last word, and started talking to coaches and players on the Cincinnati bench with the clock stopped at 9.4 seconds. Guyn was standing by Holloway and pushed him in the face. Wells responded by pushing down Guyn. Gates was holding the ball and threw it at Holloway's head, prompting both benches to clear.

At a news conference yesterday, Holloway took responsibility for instigating it.

"Coach [Chris] Mack always reminds me, 'You're a leader of this team. The young guys are going to do what you're going to do,' " said Holloway, who is from Hempstead. "If I would've never talked to [Cincy's] bench or if I wouldn't have said anything to their players, maybe Dez Wells wouldn't be suspended four games.

"The result of what I did, I kind of brought him down, I brought Mark Lyons down, I brought the rest of my teammates down because of what I did out there on the floor."

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