Brutal brawl erupts at Kansas-Kansas State game where one Jayhawks player brandishes STOOL as a weapon
- Ugly melee broke out after Kansas and Kansas State showdown on Tuesday
- Jayhawks big man Silvio De Sousa was furious after the ball was stolen from him
- De Sousa brandished a stool as a weapon as both benches cleared
- Kansas coach Bill Self furiously tried to break up melee as players brawled
- Refs the bizarrely summoned teams from locker room to add 1/10th second
- Kansas State’s technical free throws put the final score at 81-60 Jayhawks
Third-ranked Kansas and Kansas State ended their bitter showdown Tuesday night with an ugly melee behind the basket that included punches, shoving and at least one player picking up a stool.
The violence started when Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa was stripped by the Wildcats’ DaJuan Gordon near midcourt, as the Jayhawks tried to dribble out the time on their 81-60 victory.
When Gordon tried to go in for a layup, the Jayhawks’ big man recovered and blocked his shot, sending Gordon to the floor, then stood over him barking.
That triggered benches to empty and punches to be thrown in what amounted to an all-out brawl.
Jayhawks big man Silvio De Sousa picked up a chair and brandished it in the brawl at the end of Tuesday’s game versus in state arch-rival Kansas State
The violence began when De Sousa of the Kansas Jayhawks swatted the ball to block as DaJuan Gordon #3 of the Kansas State Wildcats tried to score off a steal in the final seconds
Silvio De Sousa #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks swings at David Sloan #4 of the Kansas State Wildcats during a brawl as the game ends at Allen Fieldhouse
At one point, De Souza picked up a stool and held it above his head before assistant coach Jerrance Howard grabbed it from him before he could hit anyone.
It took both coaching staffs and security to separate the teams. A total of five players were ejected.
Then, adding to the bizarre finish, both teams were summoned back from the locker rooms by officials and one-tenth of a second was put on the clock.
Kansas State shot technical free throws to booing from a few thousand fans left – necessitating a change to the final score.
James Love III (right) of the Kansas State Wildcats rushed off the bench out of uniform to confront De Sousa as the brawl quickly spiraled out of control
James Love III of the Kansas State Wildcats grabs Elijah Elliott #5 of the Kansas Jayhawks and Silvio De Sousa #22 during a brawl after the game at Allen Fieldhouse
Elijah Elliott #5 of the Kansas Jayhawks grimaces as he is grabbed from behind by Love
Coaching staff from both teams and security guards waded into the brawl to break things up
‘Well, obviously it’s an embarrassment,’ Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. ‘It’s not something to be proud of. What happened showed zero signs of toughness. It’s a sign of immaturity and selfishness more so than toughness.’
The violent brawl immediately triggered calls for lengthy suspensions for several of the players involved.
Christian Braun scored a career-high 20 points, Devon Dotson added 18 and Udoka Azubuike finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds for Kansas, which beat the Wildcats for the 14th straight time at Allen Fieldhouse.
De Sousa dropped the stool before attacking anyone as coaches intervened to stop him
Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks holds back Silvio De Sousa #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks during a brawl as the game against the Kansas State Wildcats ends
Security guards help Jayhawks head coach Bill Self hold back Silvio De Sousa
David McCormack #33 of the Kansas Jayhawks is held back by Isaiah Moss #4 during a brawl as the game against the Kansas State Wildcats ends at Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday
Security guards and officials restrain David McCormack #33 of the Kansas Jayhawks
The Jayhawks, who lost to Baylor 10 days ago, also avoided back-to-back home defeats for the first time since 1988-89.
After moving up three spots in the polls Monday, the Jayhawks remained within one game of No. 1 Baylor atop the Big 12.