A Fitchburg State player displayed one of the most blatantly vicious, dirty acts in recent college basketball memory during his team's Tuesday game against fellow Division III opponent Nichols College.
The player, who appears to be junior guard Kewan Platt, was caught on video throwing an elbow at Nichols sophomore guard Nate Tenaglia, who'd just attempted a 3-point shot from the corner. Platt can be seen jogging toward Tenaglia and — checking to make sure the referee wasn't looking — elbowing him in the face nearly two seconds after the ball left his hands.
For what it's worth, Tenaglia's shot went in, he remained in the game and Nichols won the contest 84-75. He played 29 minutes, completing 4 of 7 attempts (including his lone 3-pointer) for 11 points. Platt led his team with 16 points. Video review shows the incident happened late in the game with Nichols up 76-63 at the conclusion of the play, and that Platt was ejected (at the 2:02:00 mark).
Update: Platt has been suspended indefinitely and barred from campus. Fitchburg is determining whether it will mandate further punitive action.
"The MASCAC and Fitchburg State University take this incident very seriously," MASCAC commissioner Angela Baumann told Sporting News via email. "We are appalled by the actions of the student-athlete.
"(Platt) has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from campus. In addition, the case is under review by Fitchburg State for consideration of further sanctions. The MASCAC has also vacated his player of the week award. His behavior goes against the MASCAC’s mission, which includes good sportsmanship. On behalf of the MASCAC and Fitchburg State, we apologize to the Nichols College student-athlete, the team and institution."