Canisius men’s basketball player stabbed in leg during altercation at pickup basketball game

A Canisius men’s basketball player was stabbed in the leg by a UB basketball player during a pickup scrimmage Wednesday night, the Canisius athletic department confirmed Friday.


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The Canisius College athletic department confirmed Friday that an incident occurred Wednesday evening which resulted in a Canisius men’s basketball player being stabbed by a University at Buffalo men’s basketball player.

The North Tonawanda Police said in a statement that the player suffered a puncture wound to the leg. Officers placed a tourniquet on his leg to control the bleeding and the player was transported to the hospital for further treatment. 

The UB player, identified by police as sophomore Malik Zachery, fled the scene and was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The Canisius player was not identified.

According to the statement, members of the two teams were playing in a pickup game. A physical altercation occurred between players, ending in the stabbing.

“We are aware of the situation involving a member of our men’s basketball program that occurred Wednesday night, and we are working to gather more information. Canisius College is cooperating with local law enforcement. We will have no further comment at this time,” said a Canisius athletics spokesperson in a statement. 

WGRZ was the first to report on this story.

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