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James Madison star arrested, suspended

March 18, 2013 at 7:11 PM   |   Comments

HARRISONBURG, Va., March 18 (UPI) -- James Madison University star player Rayshawn Goins Monday was suspended for the first half of the Dukes' upcoming NCAA Tournament game after an arrest.

A statement released by the school's athletics department indicated Coach Matt Brady had suspended Goins two days before Wednesday's first-round contest between James Madison and Long Island-Brooklyn at Dayton, Ohio.

"After having thoroughly reviewed the details in this case, the athletic administration supports Coach Brady's decision," the statement read.

Goins was charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and attempting to intimidate or impede law enforcement Sunday after an incident in which police were called to help break up an "out-of-control" party near the JMU campus, the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., reported.

The arrest came only hours after the Dukes learned they had been chosen for the NCAA Tournament and would face LIU-Brooklyn in a first-round game.

Police alleged Goins "began yelling obscenities at the officers and enticing the crowd" but wasn't arrested until after the party had broken up to avoid triggering a riot, the newspaper reported.

Goins leads the Dukes in scoring and rebounding. The team made the national tourney after winning the Colonial Athletic Association title.

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