Skinn faces potential suspension for throwing punch

Updated: March 6, 2006, 12:27 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

RICHMOND, Va. -- If George Mason's next game plays out in the NCAA Tournament, the Patriots might have to make do without the services of senior guard Tony Skinn.

With Hofstra's 58-49 win over George Mason in Sunday's semifinal game of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament salted away, television replays show Hofstra's Loren Stokes being punched in the groin by Skinn. Stokes lay on the floor for several minutes before walking gingerly to the bench, where he watched the game's final 55 seconds with an ice bag on his lap.

Hofstra coach Tom Pecora said neither he nor the officials saw the play. The only known footage of the punch was captured by NBC affiliate WECT of Wilmington, N.C.

"You can't let a little incident like that mar a college basketball game," Pecora said.

When conference officials sees the video, they could choose to suspend Skinn for his next game. George Mason (23-7) was ranked nationally this season but will need an at-large bid to play in the NCAA Tournament.

Skinn's absence potentially could affect George Mason's seeding. Skinn was averaging 12.9 points and 31.7 minutes before Sunday's game.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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