VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs is sorry for a bash to the face of Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono that was the talk of social media on Monday night.
Gibbs scored 12 points before he was ejected for a flagrant foul in the second half. Replays showed Gibbs hit Arcidiacono in the nose with his forearm.
Gibbs later apologized on Twitter:
Arcidiacono accepted the apology, tweeting:
Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard issued a statement after the 80-54 loss -- the Pirates' fifth straight defeat.
"I am extremely disappointed in Sterling's actions tonight," he said. "Our student-athletes are entrusted to uphold the morals and values of good sportsmanship and personal conduct that we preach to them on a daily basis. Tonight's incident involved a young man of high character showing poor judgment in the heat of competition. It was regrettable, and we will address the issue."
The conference will also take a look at the tape. Big East spokesman John Paquette told ESPN: "Flagrant 2s are always reviewed, and this one will be."
Coming off a comeback win at then-No. 18 Butler, the Wildcats led from the start and never let up in avenging a 66-61 overtime loss at Seton Hall on Jan. 3.
"They're frustrated that they're losing," Willard said. "It's tough to play at a high level with so many young guys."
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