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Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn back to action Nov. 22

Nov. 12, 2010

By Stephen Hawkins
Associated Press College Basketball Writer

WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn's suspension will go through the first three games of the regular season, then he will be eligible to play for the 16th-ranked Bears again Nov. 22.

The school made that announcement before their season opener Friday night.

Dunn, the team's leading scorer last season, had been indefinitely suspended since he was arrested last month after police accused him of breaking his girlfriend's jaw in a domestic dispute.

The woman, Lacharlesla Edwards, disputed police accounts, saying Dunn didn't hit her and her jaw wasn't broken. Edwards, the mother of Dunn's 3-year-old son, has asked that all charges be dropped.

Waco police sent the case to McLennan County District Attorney John Segrest, who hasn't commented. Segrest, who lost his re-election bid and will leave office Jan. 4, didn't return a phone call Friday.

The school said in its release that Dunn's three-game suspension is for "a team rules violation." Dunn did not play in the Bears' preseason scrimmage or an exhibition game before the regular-season opener against Grambling State. He will also miss games against La Salle and Jackson State.

The school said there would be no further comment on Dunn's suspension.

Dunn's attorney, Vikram Deivanayagam, declined to comment Friday.

Waco police have said officers were called to Hillcrest Hospital on Sept. 27 to investigate an assault on Edwards. Dunn was arrested after turning himself into authorities Oct. 5, the same day his suspension from the team was announced.

Dunn was suspended academically Oct. 7, but a Baylor disciplinary panel allowed him to return to class the following week.

Deivanayagam said in a statement then that the Baylor University Judicial Affairs Disciplinary Committee heard evidence and found Dunn "not guilty of assaulting a female which resulted in her jaw being broken," quoting from a letter he said he received from the panel.

After the decision, Dunn was allowed to practice with the Bears but remained suspended from competition.

Dunn was a second-team All-Big 12 pick last season when he averaged 19.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while the Bears set a school record with 28 victories and got within one win of making their first NCAA Final Four appearance in 60 years. He set school records for points (704), 3-pointers (116) and free throw shooting percentage (85.7 on 126 of 147 free throws).

Dunn needs 451 points this season to become the school's career scoring leader, and 518 for the Big 12 lead. He holds the Baylor record with 299 career 3-pointers, 91 short of the conference mark.

Associated Press writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed to this report.