NEW YORK — A postgame scuffle during the handshake line between Xavier and St. John’s is what is making the headlines after the Musketeers dispatched the Johnnies in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.
According to a report from The Athletic, a member of the St. John’s team tried to get into the Xavier locker room after the scuffle, but Mack downplayed that in the postgame press conference.
“I’m not going to throw anybody under the bus,” Mack said. “A couple of their guys didn’t want to shake hands. It was squelched very quickly.”
The Big East reviewed tape of the scuffle and security footage to determine if the action spilled into the locker rooms. Big East senior associate commissioner Stu Jackson said he does not plan on taking any disciplinary action.
The incident started with Bashir Ahmed and Tyrique Jones, who appeared to exchange words before chests puffed out and the two teams started pushing and pulling each other away from the altercation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.