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January 20, 1988

Male cheerleaders from two Philadelphia schools brawled at the Palestra when St. Joseph's mascot, the Hawk, interrupted a La Salle routine during a second-half timeout.

Players from both teams spilled onto the floor to quell the fighting, which delayed the game about five minutes.

The incident broke out with 17:08 to play when Frank Simone, the St. Joseph's mascot, flapped his wings at midcourt in front of La Salle's female cheerleaders.

Four male La Salle cheerleaders ran onto the court, grabbed the mascot and tried to carry him off the court. But Simone struggled and several Hawks cheerleaders came to his defense. The brawl broken up, but the mascot and a La Salle cheerleader continued to fight.

St. Joseph's Rodney Blake dragged the Hawk away to end the melee. St. Joseph's went on to win, 73-63.

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