“The latest crosstown shootout got out of control Saturday and ended in bedlam, a few seconds early. Eighth-ranked Xavier beat crosstown rival Cincinnati 76-53 on Saturday in a game that featured a steady stream of trash talking and was called with 9.4 seconds left when the teams got into a brawl in a corner of the court.
“Words escalated into shoves and swings. Both benches cleared. Frease left the court with his face bloodied after getting punched by Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates and then kicked by Cincinnati’s Cheikh Mbodj while he was on the floor on his knees. Xavier freshman Dez Wells threw a punch during the fracas.
“‘There’s no excuse for any of them, on our side, on their side,’ Cronin said. ‘Guys need to grow up.
“‘There is zero excuse for that in basketball. You’ve got to learn how to win on one side, you’ve got to learn how to lose on the other side.’”
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