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Dunn serving three-game suspension

Nov. 16, 2010

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LaceDarius Dunn cheers from the bench against Midwestern State Thursday at the Ferrell Center. He will return Monday against Lipscomb.

By Jade Mardirosian
Staff Writer

Baylor men's basketball senior guard LaceDarius Dunn will be suspended for the next two games of the season, against La Salle today and Jackson State on Thursday. Dunn will return to the court Monday against Lipscomb.

Baylor announced Dunn's three-game suspension Friday before the team played its season opener, defeating Grambling State 87-52. Dunn also missed two preseason competitions. Dunn is facing suspension "for a team rules violation," according to the statement released by Baylor. The school said it would not comment further on Dunn's suspension.

Head coach Scott Drew said after the game that he could not comment further on the suspension but added, "We are excited about when he comes back because as good as he looks on the sideline, he's better on the court."

Dunn had been indefinitely suspended from the team following his Oct. 5 arrest on charges of aggravated assault. Waco police accused Dunn of breaking the jaw of his girlfriend, LaCharleslia Edwards, during a domestic dispute. Officers were called to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center on Sept. 27 to investigate an assault on Edwards, who was suffering from two fractures in her jaw, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Edwards, who is also the mother of Dunn's 3-year-old son, disputed police accounts of the incident and released a statement through her lawyer stating her jaw was not broken. Edwards asked that all charges be dropped against Dunn and that his suspension from the team be lifted.

Waco police did not drop the charges and sent the case to the district attorney's office. District Attorney John Segrest could not comment since the case is still open.

Vikram Deivanayagam, attorney for Dunn, could not be reached for comment Monday.

Dunn was suspended from classes at Baylor on Oct. 7 but was allowed to return the following week by the Baylor disciplinary panel. Dunn also returned to team practices following the decision of the panel.

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.

When asked after the game how he felt about Dunn returning, junior forward Quincy Acy replied, "How excited are y'all?"

Acy explained the team would be very excited for Dunn's return.

"He's a great off-the-court leader. He just kept talking to me while I was on the bench," Acy said. "And when I came out of the game, I said, 'We're waiting for you to come back.' And he said 'All right, I got you.' So we're looking forward to it."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.