It appears two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams will be without guards, due to disciplinary actions that stem from Saturday’s brawl between Iona and Saint Peter’s.
Gaels junior A.J. English, who ranks second on the team in scoring, will not play Friday night against Siena due to his involvement in Saturday night’s incident against Saint Peter’s. The school officially announced that the 6’5″ junior, who appeared to jostle with Saint Peter’s senior Desi Washington following the Gaels’ 68-61 overtime win, will be unavailable to play for the team’s next game. The school officially announced that he will not play due to “the initiation of an unsportsmanlike incident” from Saturday night, with head coach Tim Cluess and athletic director Rick Cole Jr. deciding the punishment.
Saint Peter’s also announced that Washington, the 6’2″ senior who last missed a game in December due to injury, will sit out their game Saturday at Fairfield. Athletic director Joe Quinlan announced the Peacock guard will be suspended for one game following Saturday’s actions.
The video of the incident shows English moving a referee during the fight. The last time English missed a game was during his freshman season, when he hurt his wrist and missed the second half of the 2012-13 season.
Washington was famous last season for beating the Stags on three clutch three-pointers in three separate games, the last one in the MAAC tournament. The Peacocks and Stags meet for the first time this season on Saturday and will host Siena on Monday. Iona hosts Marist on Sunday after their game Friday against Siena.
Iona and Saint Peter’s meet again on the final day of the MAAC regular season, March 1, at the Yanitelli Center.
Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2014-15 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference and Hofstra for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.