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James Madison suspends top scorer, rebounder before NCAA game

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James Madison suspended leading scorer and rebounder Rayshawn Goins for the first half of its NCAA tournament first-round game against LIU-Brooklyn after his arrest on Sunday night.

The university announced its decision Monday after Goins was charged with obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at a team party.

"In accordance with JMU athletic policy, Coach Matt Brady is suspending Rayshawn Goins for the first half of the NCAA Tournament game on Wednesday night in Dayton," the school announced. "After having thoroughly reviewed the details in this case, the athletic administration supports Coach Brady's decision.

"Matters involving student-athletes are reviewed independently on a case-by-case basis. Appropriate action is taken based on the details of each case. At this time, there are no additional details to provide until this specific case processes through the legal system."

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound senior forward is averaging 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds this season, and had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the Colonial Athletic Association championship game against Northeastern last week.

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