It wasn’t a good night for the SIU Edwardsville Cougars. Not only did they lose at home to Southern Illinois, the Cougars had six players ejected (and a fan, somehow) after a scuffle (I’d stop short of calling it a fight) during the second half.
Suspensions are very likely coming for all six players, especially for Jerome Jones, who appeared to throw the elbow while on the ground that instigated the event.
Here’s the description of the event from the SIU Edwardsville SID staff:
“The Salukis led 62-47 when Kris Davis‘ three-point attempt from the right corner glanced off the back of the rim. Jerome Jones appeared to pull down the rebound, but the ball came loose, Jones and SIUC’s Antonio Bryer went to the floor after the loose ball. An altercation ensued directly in front of the Cougars’ bench. Following a 20-minute delay seven players had been ejected. Six of them were SIUE players. Jones and Bryer were each ejected for flagrant fouls as was SIUE’s Ray Lester who went to the floor following Jones and Bryer. The other four Cougars were ejected for leaving the bench during the altercation.”
In the post game press conference, head coach Lennox Forrester didn’t appear overly concerned, saying about the scuffle, “Our guys wanted to win, but you have to be able to compete and also keep your cool.”