Pumas, bear cats and biting, oh my god.
The Cincinnati Bearcats (14-7) overcame a 15-point deficit and defeated the No. 21 Houston Cougars (17-5) in a 64-62 win on Saturday night. However, the real story was a strange Kerfuffle that stayed in the game at 6:16.
ON Clip of the incident shows DeJon Jarreau and Mamoudou Diarra fighting for a loose ball. It looks like the Houston security guard bit the leg of the Cincinnati striker down. The officials issued an obvious 2-foul for unsportsmanlike conduct, which caused Jarreau to immediately drop out of the game.
Houston coach Kelvin Sampson initially denied that the incident happened, but went back on that comment Sunday.
"After further reviews from multiple angles, it can be clearly seen that DeJon Jarreau Mamoudou has bitten Diarra," said Sampson in a statement. “I contacted Cincinnati's head coach John Brannen this morning and apologized on behalf of our basketball team.
“In the first video clip that I requested and saw immediately after the Saturday game in Cincinnati, I didn't think there was a bite [Cincinnati’s] Keith Williams. My first statements in the press conference on Saturday were based on the video from the early part of this Scrum.
Sampson suspended Jarreau from Thursday's game against Tulane.
"Our program is based on discipline and such behavior is not tolerated," said Sampson. "I am confident that DeJon will learn from this incident and the consequences of his actions."