St. Joseph's forward Halil Kanacevic has been suspended for two games because of obscene gestures he directed at Villanova's student section during Tuesday night's loss to the Wildcats, coach Phil Martelli said Wednesday.
Kanacevic, a 6-foot-8 junior, also will not participate in practice and any team activities for one week except for the team's annual Christmas charity event. He will sit out the Hawks' home games Dec. 22 against Fairfield and Dec. 28 against Iona.
Kanacevic hit a three-point basket with just under 10 minutes to play at the Pavilion to give the Hawks a 50-47 lead. As he backpedaled to St. Joe's defensive end, he made the gestures to the Villanova students behind the basket.
"There is no place for obscene gestures or personal outbursts directed at anyone," Martelli said in a statement. "We have always sought to conduct ourselves in a respectful manner to our university and to our opponents, and this behavior was unacceptable and inexcusable, even in the heat of the moment."
Kanacevic, who was booed loudly every time he touched the ball down the stretch, called his actions "wrong and embarrassing and I strongly regret them."
He is eligible to return to practice Dec. 19.