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Report: Four LIU Brooklyn players arrested on charges of third-degree assault (UPDATED)

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First-year LIU Brooklyn head coach Jack Perri inherited a very good roster when he took over for Jim Ferry, who is now the head coach at Duquesne, back in April.

With four starters returning from last season’s 25-win team, Perri has enough talent to lead the Blackbirds back to the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season.

But thanks to an on-campus altercation LIU Brooklyn’s chances of winning the Northeast Conference for a third straight season could take a major hit.

As first reported by Pat O’Keefe of News 12 in Brooklyn, four players were arrested on charges of third-degree assault for their involvement in the altercation with three of them being returning starters.

According to New York Post law-enforcement sources the players got into a fight with three male and two female members of the track team, with four of the track athletes being taken to Brooklyn Hospital for minor injuries.

However an LIU spokesperson stated in an email to NBC Sports that the track team had nothing to do with the incident in question.

LIU Brooklyn athletic director John Suarez released the following statement this morning:

LIU Brooklyn has suspended indefinitely four members of its men’s basketball team for their involvement in a Sept. 14 altercation on campus.  No other student-athletes were implicated in this incident. Until all legal and appeals processes have been completed, we will not comment further on this matter.

Those three starters, forwards Julian Boyd and Jamal Olasewere and guard C.J. Garner, are key cogs in an attack that averaged 81.4 points per game last season and has won back-to-back NEC titles.

Boyd, who averaged 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, is the reigning NEC Player of the Year and has made a remarkable comeback after missing the 2009-10 season due to a heart ailment.

Olasewere was one of Boyd’s partners in crime in the front court last season (with key reserve Kenny Onyechi being the other), averaging 16.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and earning first team All-NEC honors.

Garner may not have earned any postseason honors for his efforts but the 5-10 guard was third on the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) while also dishing out 3.3 assists per game.

While the tandem of Garner and point guard Jason Brickman is undersized they were a handful for opponents last season and likely would be again in 2012-13.

But the legal situation that these four players puts things in doubt, especially if they were indeed not just suspended from the team but suspended from school as well.

With a tough schedule that includes trips to Kentucky and Maryland and a game against Seton Hall at the new Barclays Center, losing any of the returning starters for an extended period of time would be a serious blow.

Brickman and Onyechi have plenty of experience but they would have a lot more heavy lifting to do if this situation leads to lengthy punishments for the players reportedly involved.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.