James Madison will suspend starting forward Rayshawn Goins for the first half of Wednesday's first round NCAA Tournament game due to an arrest over the weekend, according to a statement from the JMU athletic director.
"In accordance with JMU athletic policy, Coach Matt Brady is suspending Rayshawn Goins for the first half of the NCAA Tournament game on Wednesday night in Dayton," JMU athletic director Jeff Bourne said in a statement. "After having thoroughly reviewed the details in this case, the athletic administration supports Coach Brady's decision."
Goins was arrested for obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct early Sunday morning by the Harrisonburg, Va., police department. He averaged 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds this season, and gave one of his best efforts against Northeastern in the CAA Championship game. In a statement released by the Harrisonburg Police Department, Goins was not immediately arrested for his actions during an off-campus party that got out of control.
"When officers arrived they were informed by private security personnel, the party was too big and they asked for everyone to leave. As officers were attempting to disperse the more than 200 people from the premises, one individual began yelling obscenities at the officers and enticing the crowd. He was told to leave several times by the officers and eventually was taken away by acquaintances," the police statement said. "Due to the officers knowing who the individual was and the concern for the safety of the public should the crowd turn riotous; a decision was made not to arrest the individual at the time."
Goins was then arrested later in the night.
"Later in the evening of March 17, 2013, Harrisonburg Police charged 24 year old Rayshawn Goins of Harrisonburg, Virginia with one count of 'Disorderly Conduct' and one count of 'Knowingly attempt to intimidate or impede law-enforcement.' Both are misdemeanors."
JMU wil play LIU-Brooklyn on Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. Goins was the leading scorer for the Dukes, who will play in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994.