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Missouri suspends four basketball players

Jan. 29, 2008 at 8:40 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- University of Missouri basketball Coach Mike Anderson has suspended four players for Wednesday's game against Nebraska.

Suspended from the game are seniors Jason Horton (3.1 APG), Marshall Brown (4.9 PPG) and Darryl Butterfield (4.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG), and junior Leo Lyons, who ranks third on the team's scoring list with 11.7 points per game and second in rebounds with 4.4.

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Anderson declined to indicate the reason for the discipline, referring to the infractions as a violation of team rules. However, the move came after Columbia police verified Tuesday that several teammates were with senior guard Stefhon Hannah when he was attacked outside a downtown nightclub early Sunday.

Hannah, the Tigers' leading scorer (14.7 PPG, 5.3 APG), suffered a fractured jaw and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Anderson said he will evaluate Hannah's status at a later date.

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