|Illinois apologizes for rude behavior and obscenities directed toward Indiana star Gordon|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 08 February 2008 15:26|
``The profanity and behavior by a small segment of fans Thursday night is disappointing and intolerable, and for that we apologize to fans of both teams,'' Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther and coach Bruce Weber said in a statement posted Friday on the men's basketball Web site.
Gordon was making his first appearance at Assembly Hall since reneging on an oral commitment to play for the Illini. Students chanted ``Liar! Liar!'' and obscenities, booed every time he touched the ball and cheered every mistake.
He was sloppy early on, but came through late for the Hoosiers, hitting a clutch 3-pointer late in regulation to help send No. 14 Indiana to an 83-79 victory. Gordon finished with 19 points, all but one of them after halftime.
game has been somewhat diminished by inappropriate behavior by a number of fans in attendance.''
Gordon and the Hoosiers (19-3, 8-1 Big Ten) are in contention for a Big Ten title. The Illini (10-14, 2-9) are in danger of missing the postseason for the first time since 1999.