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Maryland freshman Diamond Stone suspended for Thursday's game

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Medcalf: Suspending Stone the right move (1:39)

ESPN college basketball reporter Myron Medcalf agrees with Maryland's decision to suspend Diamond Stone for Thursday's game against Minnesota after shoving Wisconsin forward Vitto Brown's head to the floor. (1:39)

Maryland center Diamond Stone has been suspended for Thursday's game against Minnesota after the freshman big man shoved Wisconsin forward Vitto Brown's head to the floor late in the first half of his team's 70-57 loss on Saturday.

The school made the decision, and it was supported by the Big Ten.

Stone, who scored 10 points and grabbed one rebound in the loss, was issued a contact dead ball technical foul but was not tossed from the game.

A Maryland spokesman told ESPN that Stone called Brown on Sunday to apologize. Terps coach Mark Turgeon also called Brown and Badgers interim coach Greg Gard, and Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson reached out to Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez and Brown's parents to apologize.

"I want to apologize to Vitto Brown and the Wisconsin basketball team for my unacceptable behavior during Saturday's game," Stone said in a statement. "I regret that I let the emotions of the game get the best of me. I let my team down, and I accept full responsibility for my actions."

Stone is averaging 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season.

Stone's actions were in violation of Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01, which states in part that "The Big Ten Conference expects all contests involving a member institution to be conducted without compromise to any fundamental element of sportsmanship. Such fundamental elements include integrity of competition, civility toward all, and respect, particularly toward opponents and officials.

"Diamond's conduct during Saturday's game was a poor representation of the standards that we have established as a program at the University of Maryland," Turgeon said. "I have talked with Diamond and he realizes he made a mistake. He felt very badly about what happened and will learn from this experience. I want to sincerely apologize to Vitto Brown and Greg Gard for what transpired Saturday."