Branden Dawson made some important shots in his double-double performance against Purdue on Saturday at Breslin Center. But it was another shot he took that’s making headlines.
Following a play in the second half of the No. 18 Spartans’ 84-61 victory, the sophomore guard Dawson appeared to throw a punch at Purdue forward Travis Carroll. The questionable jab took place following a 3-pointer by freshman guard Gary Harris in the second half.
The debate remains whether Dawson pounded his chest in frustration or actually made contact with Carroll on the play and the video provided by Big Ten Network is inconclusive, though it appears Dawson might have made contact.
ESPN’s Andy Katz reported on Twitter that MSU has reviewed the video and didn’t see cause for alarm. CBS’ Seth Davis tweeted he assumed the swipe by Dawson will “cost him a game” suspension but also reported MSU new media director Matt Larson is aware of the play and didn’t expect a suspension.
Big Ten Network host Rick Pizzo reported the conference is aware of the play and no action has been taken.