Ugly brawl breaks out at end of Kansas State-Kansas game

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Third-ranked Kansas and Kansas State ended Tuesday's Sunflower Showdown with a wild melee behind the basket that included punches, shoving and at least one player picking up a stool.

A fight between players spills into the crowd during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game between Kansas and Kansas State in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Kansas defeated Kansas State 81-59. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

The brawl started moments after the Jayhawks tried to dribble out the time on their 81-60 victory. Silvio De Sousa was stripped by the Wildcats' DaJuan Gordon near midcourt and 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.

Tuesday night, University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long issued the following statement about what happened at the end of the game.

“The conduct of a few of our student-athletes at the conclusion of tonight’s game vs. Kansas State was simply unacceptable and not reflective of who we are,” said KU Director of Athletics Jeff Long. “Coach Self and I will review the incident, along with the Big 12 Conference and Kansas State to determine appropriate consequences. There is no place for this conduct in college athletics or here at KU. I would like to apologize to the Big 12 Conference, Kansas State University, Gene Taylor, Bruce Weber and all fans for the lack of sportsmanship from members of our team this evening.”

On the court, KU freshman guard Christian Braun led the Jayhawks in a breakout performance with 20 points. Braun, from Burlingotn, made seven of 15 shots in 29 minutes. KU season leading scorer Devin Dotson scored 18.

David Sloan and Xavier Sneed scored 17 and 16 points respectively to lead the way for K-State.

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