Tuesday , Mar , 07 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

George Mason guard Skinn suspended for punching opponent

Fairfax, VA (Sports Network) – George Mason guard Tony Skinn was
suspended one game by head coach Jim Larranaga after Skinn punched Hofstra’s
Loren Stokes in the groin during the Pride’s 58-49 Colonial Athletic
Association Tournament semifinal win over the Patriots.

“I am very sorry and I deeply regret my actions on Sunday,” Skinn said in a
statement released on George Mason’s athletics web site. “In the heat of a
tense game, I lost my head and made a bad decision. I’m not making excuses for
my actions and I take full responsibility for what I did. I want to take this
opportunity to apologize to Loren Stokes, who I have great respect for. I also
want to say I’m sorry to Hofstra University’s players, coaches and fans. They
played a terrific game and that should not be overshadowed by what I did.”

Skinn’s encounter with Stokes came with under a minute left in the contest.
There was no foul called on the play and Stokes laid on the court before
returning to the bench to watch the rest of the game. Stokes added 20 points
on 9-of-17 shooting from the field for Hofstra, while Skinn finished with 10
for the Patriots.

George Mason (23-7) still hopes to get an at-large invitation to play in the
NCAA Tournament.