We may have just witnessed one of the most vicious and blatantly dirty acts ever committed in college basketball.
The player, Kewan Platt of Fitchburg State, was caught on video elbowing sophomore guard Nate Tenaglia, who’d just attempted a 3-point shot from the corner. Prior to his cheap shot, Platt air-balled a three at the other end of the floor and was upset that he didn’t get a call. Tenaglia then hit his three right before taking the hit. Platt headed towards Tenaglia and elbowed him in the face all the while making sure the referee wasn’t looking.
You thought Grayson Allen was dirty?
— Jim Weber (@JimMWeber) November 14, 2018
Platt was ejected for his hit and not only was he suspended indefinitely he was also barred from campus.
Here is what MASCAC commissioner Angela Baumann had to say:
“The MASCAC and Fitchburg State University take this incident very seriously. 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.”
Tenaglia appeared to be OK after the shot, making both of his free throws. Nichols went on to win the Division III matchup 84-75.