March Madness hero Doug Edert involved in slap fight with Syracuse player

Doug Edert came into the spotlight in the spring when he helped lead Saint Peter’s to an improbable run in the NCAA Tournament before losing to North Carolina in the Elite Eight.

But the 2022-23 season has been very different for Edert so far.

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Syracuse Orange’s Judah Mintz reacts after being pushed by Bryant University Bulldogs’ Doug Edert at the JMA Wireless Dome on November 26, 2022 in Syracuse, New York.
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He transferred to Bryant University in the spring after Shaheen Holloway left the Peacocks to take over the Seton Hall job. Edert was back in the spotlight on Saturday, but for the wrong reasons.

Bryant was leading his game against Syracuse 25-17 in the first half when Orange’s Judah Mintz was whistled for a charge. Mintz got tangled up with Edert and slapped him across the face. Edert responded with a slap of his own, and the players and coaches were quick to intervene.

Bryant University Bulldogs' Doug Edert reacts after slapping Syracuse Orange's Judah Mintz on November 26, 2022 in Syracuse, New York.

Bryant University Bulldogs’ Doug Edert reacts after slapping Syracuse Orange’s Judah Mintz on November 26, 2022 in Syracuse, New York.
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After an official review, Edert and Mintz were ejected along with Bryant’s players Kvonn Cramer and Tyler Brelsford for leaving the bench. Assistant coaches Phil Martinell Jr. and Chris Cole were also ejected.

Syracuse assistants Adrian Autry and Allen Griffin and Syracuse director of basketball operations Pete Corasaniti were also fired.

Sherif Gross-Bullock scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket with less than a second remaining to give Bryant the 73-72 victory.

Bryant University Bulldogs head coach Jared Grasso speaks with Doug Edert and Sherif Gross-Bullock during the first half against the Syracuse Orange on November 26, 2022.

Bryant University Bulldogs head coach Jared Grasso speaks with Doug Edert and Sherif Gross-Bullock during the first half against the Syracuse Orange on November 26, 2022.
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Bryant went 5-1 on the season. Syracuse fell to 3-3.