Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
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Division III basketball player takes flagrant shot at opponent's head

Division III basketball player takes flagrant shot at opponent's head

In the final minutes of Tuesday night's game between the Falcons and Nichols College, Fitchburg State guard Kewan Platt blatantly threw a forearm at Nichols' Nate Tenaglia as he attempted a corner three.

Kewan Platt dropped Nicholls guard Nate Tenaglia with a right elbow to the face better suited for a WWE match than a basketball game.

Conference and Fitchburg State officials said the incident is being taken "very seriously" and have indefinitely suspended Platt from the team.

Check out the clip above. Platt, who majors in Criminal Justice, transferred to the program from Monroe Community College.

Tenaglia went down in pain, but according to the school's play-by-play, Platt was not called for a foul on the play.


Full video of the game confirms that there were no previous physical altercations but does provide a bit more context. The box score and play-by-play saying that Platt remained in the game were incorrect. Platt led his team with 16 points.

Matthew Bruun, the university's director of public information, told ESPN that the Fitchburg State University police department is "fact-finding" and reviewing the incident from Tuesday night.

Nichols went on to win the Division III matchup 84-75. The case is being reviewed at the student conduct level for consideration of further sanctions. "We are appalled by the actions of the student-athlete". The MASCAC has also vacated his player of the week award. "The Nichols College student-athlete involved was able to complete the game, and we continue to monitor his health".

His behaviour is antithetical to our community values and good sportsmanship.

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