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NCAA upholds ruling on Indiana’s Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin

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Almost three weeks after Indiana freshmen Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin were suspended nine games for receiving improper benefits from their AAU coach, the NCAA decided to uphold the ruling Friday afternoon.

The NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement ruled that the two IU freshmen must sit out the next four games, to go along with the first five they’ve already missed.

The 7-foot Jurkin and 6-foot-8 Mosquera-Perea, according to the NCAA, accepted $6,000 and $8,000, respectively, from an Indiana booster. Over their recruitment, the two received plane tickets, meals, housing, a laptop, a cell phone, and clothing.

The impermissible benefits, according to the NCAA, came from AAU coach, Mark Adams, who donated a whopping $185 dollars to Indiana from 1986-1992. These donations, which Adams claimed the largest sum of money he gave at one time was $30, labeled Adams as a booster.

Adams, who coached Indiana Elite AAU, is the founder/president of A-HOPE Foundation, with the sole purpose to provide deserving student-athletes with a student visa and an opportunity to receive an education, according to the organizations website.

According to the NCAA report, Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin lived with Adams in Bloomington during several summers and it press release specifically stated that he had signed financial aid documents required for two former Indiana University basketball student-athletes in 2008 and 2010.

On a number of occasions during the regular review of its rules, NCAA members have continually stressed that the unfair recruiting advantages that come from booster involvement should not be acceptable in college athletics. Further, the 2011 NCAA Presidential Retreat participants emphasized the need for increased accountability and integrity in several aspects of college sports, including the involvement of boosters with prospective student-athletes.

The two freshmen needed special permission to travel with the team to Brooklyn earlier this week for the Legends Classic. They walked into the Barclays Center to a loud ovation from the Indiana faithful. Mosquera-Perea and Jurkin can take the floor on Dec. 15 against Butler.

The university has decided to suspend its relationship with Adams until July 1, 2013, according to the report.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament chances take a major blow in loss to No. 16 SMU

SMU guard Nic Moore (11) shoots over Gonzaga forward Kyle Wiltjer (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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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.

POSTERIZED: Cal’s Jaylen Brown has his dunk contest entry

California's Jaylen Brown lays up a shot against Oregon State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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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: