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Syracuse’s Judah Mintz ejected after slapping Bryant guard in the face, sparking wild altercation

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Syracuse Orange's Judah Mintz reacts to being pushed by Bryant University Bulldogs' Doug Edert
Four players and three assistant coaches were sent off after Syracuse’s Judah Mintz and Bryant’s Doug Edert hit him early Saturday morning. (Brian M. Bennett/Getty Images)

Things quickly escalated on Saturday afternoon in Syracuse.

The first half of the Oranges’ 73–72 loss to Bryant on Saturday saw a slew of ejections after a pair of slaps led to a bench brawl on the JMA Wireless Dome floor.

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Just after the middle of the first half, Syracuse defenseman Judah Mintz fouled on the track. As he began to approach the free throw line, he punched Bryant defenseman Doug Edert in the face.

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Edert quickly retaliated and came up from behind to punch Mintz in the face before running away. This sparked a larger altercation that resulted in both teams running onto the court.

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Mintz and Edert were eliminated, as were Bryant’s players Quonn Kramer and Tyler Brelsford. Syracuse assistant coaches Adrian Autry, Allen Griffin and COO Pete Corasanity were also excluded.

Bryant led 40-29 at halftime. Mintz had seven points and one assist when he was ejected, while Edert ended his evening with three points and one assist.

Although the Oranges immediately returned to action in the second half and even finally took the lead again after a pair of free throws from Joseph Girard in the final seconds, it was Bryant’s defender Sheriff Gross-Bullock who recorded the Bulldogs’ one-point layup victory just before the final signal.

Justin Taylor led the Oranges with 25 points off the bench and converted 6 of 9 from the field. Chris Bell added 14 points and center Jesse Edwards finished with 12 points and 21 rebounds. Syracuse lost two games in a row after losing 76–69 to the St. Johns on Tuesday.

Antoine Walker led Bryant with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Gross-Bullock finished with 15 points. The Bulldogs, who started the year with a big 147-39 win over Thomas College, are now going 5-1.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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