A massive brawl marred the end of Kansas’ 81-60 win over rival Kansas State, with players from both teams throwing punches as the stunned crowd at Allen Fieldhouse looked on.
The melee, which spilled into a seating section behind Kansas State’s basket for people with disabilities, began when Kansas forward Silvio De Sousa blocked DaJuan Gordon’s shot then stood over him in a taunting fashion.
With the Jayhawks dribbling out the clock up 22 late in the game, De Sousa was stripped by Gordon near midcourt and Gordon tried to go in for a layup. The Jayhawks big man recovered and blocked the shot, sending the Wildcats freshman to the floor and drawing a technical for taunting.
Kansas State’s Antonio Gordon and David Sloan quickly went after De Sousa, and from there players from both benches ran onto the floor.
At one point during the brawl, De Sousa, who had thrown multiple punches, held a stool above his head before assistant coach Jerrance Howard grabbed it from him. The Jayhawks’ Marcus Garrett and David McCormack were also in the thick of the scrum along with the Wildcats’ James Love and Sloan.
It took several minutes for tensions to deescalate and the teams to exit the court.
Police officers and coaches from both teams helped break up the fight. Former Kansas star Wayne Simien, an adviser to the team, also ran onto the floor to help break up the fracas. Multiple fans were caught in the fight and scrambled to safety.
Adding to the bizarre finish, both teams were summoned back from the locker rooms by the officials, and one-tenth of a second was put on the clock. Kansas State shot technical free throws to a chorus of boos from the few thousand fans who were still in the arena.