Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs will miss the Pirates' next two games after hitting Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono in the face with his forearm during Monday night's game. At the time, Gibbs was issued a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game.
Still, the foul was so egregious, there was no way to watch the replay without anticipating further punishment. Seton Hall announced the two-game suspension early Tuesday afternoon.
"Sterling demonstrated poor sportsmanship last night, and he recognizes that what he did was wrong and that he must be held accountable for his actions," Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard said in a statement. "This was out of Sterling's character, and I believe this incident does not define the type of person he is or will become. Sterling will learn and grow from this unfortunate event."
"We support Seton Hall's decision to suspend Sterling Gibbs for his actions in the Villanova game. Unsportsmanlike acts like the one that occurred last night have no place in the Big East or college sports," Big East commissioner Val Ackerman said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports.
The Big East will not be imposing any additional punishment.
After the game, Gibbs expressed regret in a series of tweets directed at Arcidiacono.
Arcidiacono accepted the apology and tweeted back at Gibbs.
Gibbs is Seton Hall's leading scorer, averaging 16.7 points per game. The Pirates have lost five consecutive games, and they play St. John's on Saturday. Gibbs will miss that game and the following one against Creighton.