Seton Hall's Sterling Gibbs suspended 2 games for striking Villanova player

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Seton Hall has suspended Sterling Gibbs two games for elbowingVillanova's Ryan Arcidiacono in the head during the Pirates' 80-54 loss, the team announced Tuesday.

In the second half of Monday night's game, Gibbs was called for a flagrant foul while fighting for a loose ball.


USA TODAYpublished statements fromSeton Hall head coach Kevin Willard​ and Big East commissioner Val Ackerman​.

"Sterling demonstrated poor sportsmanship last night, and he recognizes that what he did was wrong and that he must be held accountable for his actions," Willard said. "This was out of Sterling's character, and I believe this incident does not define the type of person he is or will become. Sterling will learn and grow from this unfortunate event."

Said Ackerman: "We support Seton Hall's decision to suspend Sterling Gibbs for his actions in the Villanova game. Unsportsmanlike acts like the one that occurred last night have no place in the Big East or college sports."

After the game, Gibbs apologized for his elbow to Arcidiacono's face, saying "That's not who I am. I made a real bad mistake. I was caught up in the moment---I was caught up in the heat of the battle. He made a real good play and my temper just got the best of me. I really want to say sorry. It's really weighing on my mind a lot."

Gibbs will miss Seton Hall's games against St. John's and Creighton.

- Sarah Barshop