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NORMAN, Okla. - An OU men's basketball player is facing aggravated assault charges after allegedly knocking a man's teeth out on Campus Corner early Sunday morning.

On Sunday, authorities learned about an assault that took place on Campus Corner.

Akolda Manyang. Credit: Cleveland County Sheriff

Akolda Manyang. Credit: Cleveland County Sheriff

Officials said a group of people were walking out of a bar when they were approached by OU basketball center Akolda Manyang, who was attempting to "hit on" the girls in their group.

"The victim says that as [Manyang] tried to hit on these girls that he stepped in and told him 'Hey, she’s not interested' and kind of encouraged him to move along. He said the individual did move along and was kind of mumbling," said Sarah Jensen with the Norman Police Department.

That's when the victim told Manyang to "chill out."

At that point, officers said Manyang proceeded to punch the victim, knocking two of his teeth out.

According to court documents, the victim, who was identified as former OU football player Tyler Evans, had injuries including swelling to his face, a lacerated lip and two missing teeth.

OU students we spoke with said these types of incidents happen frequently.

"It does happen here and there, but the police have it pretty much under control," said OU senior Kellie Schnurr.

The OU Athletic Department issued a statement saying "We are aware of the matter, and Akolda has been indefinitely suspended from the team."

PEARL HARBOR, HI - DECEMBER 7: Akolda Manyang #30 of the Oklahoma Sooners pulls down a rebound against the Villanova Wildcats at Bloch Arena on December 7, 2015 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

PEARL HARBOR, HI - DECEMBER 7: Akolda Manyang #30 of the Oklahoma Sooners pulls down a rebound against the Villanova Wildcats at Bloch Arena on December 7, 2015 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

Officials at the Cleveland County Court Clerk's office said Manyang has turned himself in.