Maryland coach suspends freshman center 1 game

Posted at 6:26 PM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 18:26:23-05

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone has been suspended for a game by coach Mark Turgeon for his behavior Saturday against Wisconsin.

Stone was issued a dead ball technical foul late in the first half. After Stone and Wisconsin's Vitto Brown went to the floor underneath the basket, Stone pushed Brown's face onto the court after they became untangled.

Turgeon said Monday that Stone will miss Thursday's game at Minnesota.

Turgeon issued an apology to Brown and Wisconsin coach Greg Gard, calling Stone's conduct "a poor representation of the standards" set at Maryland.

Referees called Stone for a flagrant foul but did not eject him from the game, which then-second ranked Maryland lost 70-57.

In a statement Monday, Stone called his behavior "unacceptable" and apologized to Brown.

Stone said: "I regret that I let the emotions of the game get the best of me. I let my team down and I accept full responsibility for my actions."

Stone is averaging 13 points and 5.6 rebounds a game for the Terrapins, who fell to No. 6 in the rankings released Monday.