Kansas State’s men’s basketball team moved to 3-1 on the young season on Friday night with an overtime win over Providence in the Bahamas Championship on Friday. Only, the final result will likely not be the main talking point coming out of the game.
A pair of freshmen, Kansas State’s Dai Dai Ames and Providence’s Garwey Dual were locked in a battle that started as chippy and quickly got a lot more intense.
Dual shoved Ames away, using his right forearm. Ames stayed on his feet, but staggered back for a few steps. He responded by instigating contact, this time using his right forearm to shove Dual away, with his left hand also appearing to poke Dual in the face. Dual briefly hunched over, putting his hand over his face. He then got up, went over to Ames and threw a right hand at him. Ames stayed on his feet but was again staggered. The fight happened near the Providence bench, so it was quickly broken up.
But even with the fight being broken up quickly, both players were ejected from the game for their role in the altercation.
Kansas State's Dai Dai Ames and Providence's Garwey Dual were both ejected from Friday night's game after this. pic.twitter.com/kTHs0LdPrf
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) November 18, 2023
Given that Ames and Dual were ejected for fighting, both will serve a one-game suspension.
Per NCAA rules, ejections for fighting draw an automatic one-game suspension. That means Providence will be without Garwey Dual for its matchup with Georgia on Sunday, while Kansas State will be without Dai Dai Ames against Miami.
— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) November 18, 2023
The general feeling among basketball fans on Friday night was that Dual’s punishment could (and should) extend beyond the mandatory one-game suspension.
Oh boy, 2 young freshman get into it in OT of K State vs Providence.
Some back & forth from Garwey Dual & Dai Dai Ames but if you are Garwey, you cannot react like that… pic.twitter.com/0zJde8QnmX
— Ryan Hammer🔨 (@ryanhammer09) November 18, 2023
Dai Dai took that cheap shot like a champ
— Snyder's Windbreaker (@KSUWindbreaker) November 18, 2023
That was completely uncalled for from Providence guard Garwey Dual. Just horrible.
Nice job by Dai Dai Ames not to retaliate.
— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) November 18, 2023
Providence’s Garwey Dual might not play in the next game after this. pic.twitter.com/GYrjohjVYE
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) November 18, 2023
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