New Mexico State males’s basketball participant Robert Carpenter unloaded a haymaker on his opponent’s nostril throughout a tiff in a recreation Thursday night time … and the incident was so brazen, even his personal coach is now anticipating him to obtain a suspension.
The violent play occurred with about 12 minutes to go within the first half of the Aggies’ tilt with Liberty in Las Cruces … when Carpenter and Shiloh Robinson bought in a tussle whereas attempting to struggle for place for a potential rebound.
Broadcast video reveals the blokes pushed and shoved one another … earlier than, instantly, Carpenter uncorked a proper hook that landed flush on Robinson’s face.
The Liberty ahead instantly crumpled to the bottom in ache … and Carpenter was immediately ejected after being issued a flagrant foul 2.
Robinson finally bought up after being tended to by trainers, however he didn’t return to motion.
After the sport — which NMSU ended up profitable, 79-73 — Aggies coach Jason Hooten referred to as Carpenter’s actions unacceptable … and mentioned he anticipated a ban for Carpenter was forthcoming.
“Even if there was one thing that put Rob in that way of thinking to do what he did,” Hooten mentioned, “it is nonetheless not acceptable.”
Hooten did add, although, that he is aware of Carpenter “feels actually unhealthy about what he did.”
“There’s simply no room for that within the recreation,” he mentioned. “At all.”
Hooten instructed media members Carpenter will definitively not play in NMSU’s recreation on Saturday towards Jacksonville State … although his standing after that’s nonetheless unclear.
Carpenter has been one of many Aggies’ finest gamers this season, averaging 9.7 factors and three.9 rebounds per recreation.