The Big East’s fiercest rivals, Georgetown and Syracuse, battled it out in a heated game during the 1984 Big East Championship. In a tense, back-and-forth game, Syracuse held a three-point lead with four minutes remaining. Then, after fighting for a loose ball, Georgetown’s Michael Graham took a swing at Syracuse’s Andrew Hawkins.
Initially, it appeared that the referee had ejected Graham, but he ended up only being called for a foul. Graham stayed in the game and Syracuse collapsed. Georgetown ended up winning the game, 82-71, in overtime. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was furious. “Michael Graham, in front of 19,000 people, punched my player, and the ref had the nerve to call it a two-shot foul,” Boeheim said after the game.