March 19, 2013
On the day that James Madison, making its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1994, learned who it would play and where (LIU Brooklyn in Dayton) the program received some bad news regarding one of its best players.
6-6 senior forward Rayshawn Goins, who scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Dukes' 70-57 win over Northeastern in the CAA tournament title game, was arrested Sunday on charges of obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct.
The news was reported by Mark Selig of the Harrisonburg (Va.) Daily News-Record. According to Selig, Goins was released on his own recognizance on $2,500 unsecured bond. The incident in question was a party on Saturday night that "got out of hand" according to the report.
JMU issued a brief statement on the matter but nothing has been determined in regards to Goins' status for Wednesday's game in Dayton.
JMU's official statement (part 1): "The athletic administration is aware of the situation."— Mark Selig (@MarkRSelig) March 18, 2013
JMU official statement (part 2): "We will not be providing any additional comments until we review this matter in the morning."— Mark Selig (@MarkRSelig) March 18, 2013
Goins averages 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for James Madison, and they'll need him against a Blackbird team that features Jamal Olasewere inside. Olasewere (18.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg) was named NEC Player of the Year this season, picking up the slack after senior forward Julian Boyd (and last season's NEC Player of the Year) went down with a torn ACL.
Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.
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