Monday, April 23, 2018
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NCAA suspends two Hoosiers freshmen for nine games each

INDIANAPOLIS — No. 1 Indiana will open its season Friday night without two key freshmen.

On Tuesday, the NCAA suspended 6-foot-8 forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea and 7-foot center Peter Jurkin for the first nine games and will require them to repay a portion of the impermissible benefits they received to a charity of their choice.

Enforcement officials at the governing body found that the players' AAU coach Mark Adams provided them with $9,702 and $6,003 in plane tickets, meals, housing, a laptop computer, a cell phone and clothing. Mosquera-Perea must pay back about $1,590. Jurkin must repay $250 to be reinstated.

GATOR has concusion: Florida junior guard/forward Casey Prather has suffered his second concussion in as many weeks and will not play in Friday night's season opener.

Prather suffered the concussion in practice after he was hit by teammate Patrick Young on Monday as Young came down with a rebound.

"He was totally healed from the first one, so there's no problem as it relates to this necessarily being prolonged," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "He got an elbow on a rebound and went down."

GAME MOVED: The game between No. 9 Syracuse and No. 20 San Diego State on the flight deck of the decommissioned USS Midway was moved from Friday night to 1 p.m. Sunday because of a threat of rain.

ARKANSAS: Sophomore guard B.J. Young, who led the team with 15.3 points per game last season, was suspended for Friday's season opener against Sam Houston State for a violation of team rules.

GEORGE MASON: Sophomores Erik Copes and Vaughn Gray were suspended for the first three regular-season games because of "student-athlete conduct violations."

MISSISSIPPI ST.: Freshman guard Andre Applewhite will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee.

WASHINGTON: Forward Shawn Kemp Jr. is expected to miss six to eight weeks after tearing the patella tendon in his right knee.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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