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Towson St. 93, Rider 72, Suspended

January 28, 1988

TOWSON, Md. (AP) _ Referee Fred Hikel suspended an East Coast Conference game between Towson State University and Rider College Wednesday night with Towson ahead 93-72 after a bench-clearing brawl with 5:24 remaining.

Rider’s Jim Cleveland and Towson State’s Dwayne Martin became entangled in a tussle in front of the Rider bench, and after several seconds both benches emptied onto the floor and became involved in the altercation.

Order was restored after nearly five minutes Hikel and umpire Ernie Cage left the arena floor.

″I suspended the game because they were all in the fight,″ Hikel said. ″All the players broke loose and became involved. I would have had to have thrown all of them out. Then the stands emptied. It was no kind of atmosphere to continue the game.″

Both head coaches, Rider’s John Carpenter and Towson State’s Terry Truax, mutually agreed to record it as a complete game. However, ECC Commissioner Ernie Casale notified Towson State Athletic Director Bill Hunter that the game would remain suspended until he and ECAC officials assignor, Norm Van Arsdale, have a chance to review the game film.

″No time line has been set yet to determine the outcome,″ said Hunter. ″We will get the film to the appropriate parties just as quickly as we can and wait to hear from Commissioner Casale.″

It is the first time in the history of collegiate basketball at both institutions that a game has been suspended for any reason.

Towson State entered the game with an 8-8 record overall and was 0-3 in the league. Rider was 4-12 and 3-3.

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