Whatever drove Kewan Platt to deliver the lowlight of the early college basketball season, he’ll now have plenty of time to think about his actions.
The Fitchburg (Mass.) State junior leveled Nichols College’s Nate Tenaglia with a vicious cheap shot on Tuesday in their NCAA Division III men’s basketball game, and now Platt has been suspended from the team and barred from campus, the university announced Thursday.
Tenaglia had just shot a 3-pointer in the third quarter when Platt decked him in the face with his elbow, earning a deserved ejection. Tenaglia declined to seek instant retribution, remained in the game, hit both free throws and helped his team go on to win the contest.
Video of the incident soon went viral.
“I was proud of how our guys handled the situation,” Nichols head coach Scott Faucher said, via Yahoo Sports. “They came together and focused on the next play.”
Fitchburg State now must cope with the absence of its leading scorer and the negative attention his actions have brought to the school.
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