Following 40 minutes of play that Monmouth coach King Rice described as “chippy,” a scuffle broke out, and Iona’s Jordan Washington slapped Monmouth bigman Chris Brady.
More words were exchanged following the incident.
“Chris’s nose is about this swollen right now so if [Washington] slapped Chris that hard, man he should maybe try MMA because nobody smacks and the kid's nose is this big downstairs right now,” Monmouth coach King Rice told reporters after the game. “So I don't know if it was a smack or what it was but big Brady’s nose is pretty messed up right now.”
The tension between the teams was perhaps ignited by comments that Iona coach Tim Cluess made on Wednesday, criticizing Monmouth’s famous bench celebrations.
“Are they on the team?” he asked. “I didn't know if they were on the team or wearing uniforms as cheerleaders ... I’ve never seen them on the court doing anything, so to me, they're not basketball players.”
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