2018-19 Basketball

Virginia State and ECSU game ends in ugly brawl

At end of game fans and players exchange blows.

It was a great rivalry game that had everything you wanted in a college basketball contest, until the very end. Virginia State’s come from behind win over Elizabeth City State was scarred by a huge brawl after the game was over, that saw players and fans exchanging blows into the seats at the VSU Multipurpose Center.

The brawling was captured on social media by several fans in the arena on their cell phones.  Different angles of the video appear to only show Elizabeth City State players engaged in the fight. It’s not clear how the fight may have started, however, it appears to center around an incident behind one of the basketball goals involving a player and a group of fans.

The player, whose identity can’t clearly be seen, is tackled into the stands by a group of about five people. His teammates and other spectators rush to that area and a melee quickly ensues. A mix of people attempting to break up the fight, escalate the fight, film the fight, or leave altogether all become engulfed together.


It is not known if there were any injuries but both schools released statements on Thursday afternoon. Virginia State released the following statement via the university Twitter account:

Elizabeth City State University responded and issued the following statement to HBCU Gameday:

We have heard from the VSU leadership and they have apologized for the unsportsman-like conduct of their fans.

The matter is currently under investigation by VSU officials, including their campus police. We have been informed that criminal charges will be filed against the individuals who assaulted our players.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our primary concern. We will be monitoring the situation until resolution.



  1. Aaron

    January 25, 2018 at 11:47 am

    I have seen this play out at different HBCUs, particularly within the CIAA. In many situations students/fans are to close to the floor. In some cases students/fans are standing right next to the players when the are trying to inbound the ball from the sides. The conference and member institutions need to do more to ensure the safety of all players, coaches and fans. Maybe if they start dishing out hefty fines and suspensions this won’t happen again.

  2. Kh

    January 25, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I didn’t see any VSU b-ball player in the mix. Then seemed to be between a fan and a ECS b-ball player. The fan should be banned for life

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  4. Aaron

    January 26, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Vsu should be fined for the actions of there students.

  5. Shirley

    January 29, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    This was the most fair article I have seen. In other articles, they note that ECSU students were throwing punches. Were they the instigators or were they defending themselves. No one knows at this point.

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