March 04, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) The cheerleaders and dance teams for Albany State and Tuskegee were sent home from the SIAC tournament after fighting.

An SIAC statement Wednesday said the fight happened at halftime of the schools' first-round men's basketball game Tuesday at Bill Harris Arena.

The statement from league Commissioner Gregory Moore says that ''the obligation to observe basic principles of sportsmanship and fair play extends to all participants at the SIAC basketball tournament.'' He said the cheerleaders and dance teams for both Albany State and Tuskegee would be barred from performing for the rest of the tournament and that the schools were sending them back to campus.

Tuskegee won the game 80-63.

Tuskegee said in a statement that it would investigate the incident based on the university's code of conduct policies.

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