With the game well out of hand thanks to a terrific second half from the Fighting Irish, things boiled over late when Johnnies’ sophomore Sir’Dom Pointer exploded with fists at Notre Dame’sCameron Biedscheid.
Take a look at the video clip below:
According to the Big East‘s public relations department, any player that is ejected from a contest for fighting is automatically suspended for the team’s next game. Both Pointer and Biedscheid were handed that exact punishment. St. John’s forward Amir Garrett was also ejected for leaving the bench.
Given the rule, Biedscheid will be held out of Notre Dame’s next contest against Louisville. The Fighting Irish will visit the Cardinals on Saturday in a game that marks the regular season finale for both squads. Each team is headed to the NCAA Tournament at this point in the season, but Saturday’s contest still bodes importance due to seeding within the approaching Big East Conference Tournament.
Same applies for St. John’s albeit things have quickly headed south for the Johnnies since once being considered a bubble team back in late January-early February. Head coach Steve Lavin has already suspended leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison, so this episode is just another situation that has put a damper on the end of the 2012-13 season for St. John’s.
Despite the ruling and automatic suspension, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey is expected to call the league office to ask for leniency. We will find out more regarding this potential change as the week goes along.
Tip-off between Notre Dame and Louisville is scheduled for 4:00pm (EST) on Saturday.
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