Austin Peay loses starting point guard to half-season suspension

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Damarius Smith, Austin Peay’s high-flying point guard, will miss the first half of the season after being suspended for what the school is calling a violation of athletic department policy.

Smith will miss all 14 of the Governors’ non-conference game, returning to play during OVC play.

“We have a standard we expected our student-athletes to adhere to and Deedee made a mistake,” APSU coach Dave Loos said. “He is going to pay a severe consequence for that mistake. But he has a chance to make it right during the second half of the season, during OVC play. It is up to him.”

Smith, a senior, began last season as a reserve but ended up starting 20 games and averaged 8.0 points, 5.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. An ankle injury hampered him at the end of the season.

Junior Zavion Williams started last season as the starting point guard.