Illinois seven-footer Kofi Cockburn was very excited about a big and-one in the Fighting Illini’s 71-62 victory over No. 5 Michigan on Wednesday night, and accidentally pummeled a referee while celebrating.

With just over three minutes remaining, Cockburn — listed at 290 pounds — got an offensive rebound and made a layup while getting fouled, and turned and threw his right fist in celebration. Unfortunately, his fist/arm connected with referee Lewis Garrison’s head. Garrison was down on all fours for several minutes, before being helped to a locker room for examination.

A scary scene, and hopefully Garrison will be okay.

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