Murray State has suspended guard Zay Jackson for the entire 2012-13 season after he pleaded guilty to second degree wanton endangerment charges.
The charges stemmed from an incident that took place in a Wal-Mart parking lot where Jackson hit two pedestrians with his vehicle.
“I care a great deal about Zay and am committed to seeing that he gets the help that he needs,” Murray State head coach Steve Prohm said in a statement Wednesday. “What he did was wrong and I want to apologize to everyone that has been negatively affected and embarrassed by his actions. It’s not representative of our program and the impact we try to make in the community each year.”
Jackson was expected to be a contributor for the Racers this season after averaging 4.9 points and 2.3 assists per game last season, but his absence now leaves a void in the backcourt alongside star Isaiah Canaan.
“Although the impact on our basketball team is something we’ll have to work hard to overcome, I support the direction we are taking with this matter,” Prohm said. “I know we have a good group of young men that will work hard to represent Murray State the right way this season.”
Murray State opens its season on Nov. 9 against Brescia.
Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_
Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.
The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.
It wasn’t pretty.
And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.
Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.
The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.
But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.
Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: