James Madison’s Rayshawn Goins, the Dukes’ leading scorer and rebounder who was arrested Sunday night on charges of obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct, has been suspended for the first half of Wednesday’s play-in game against LIU-Brooklyn, Dukes Coach Matt Brady announced.
According to reports, the arrest stemmed from an incident at an off-campus party late Saturday night. Goins was eventually released on $2,500 unsecured bond. Both charges are misdemeanors. Per Mark Selig of the Harrisonburg Daily-Record, police waited until 9:47 p.m. Sunday night, three hours after James Madison’s selection party, because they feared “doing so at the party the previous night might have sparked a riot.”
Goins made third-team all-CAA this season, leading the Dukes in points per game (12.7) rebounds per game (7.4) and usage percentage (51.9). The 6-foot-6 forward had 14 points in James Madison’s CAA title game win over Northeastern, which earned the school its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1994.
“We’re conditioned to playing without Ray,” Brady told Selig. “I think if you’ve paid attention to our team, we’ve played a lot of minutes without him.
“When we played those three games in the Richmond Coliseum, he had two great halves. There were four halves he wasn’t great. He’s a big part of our team, he’s a big part of why we beat Northeastern, and he’s going to play an integral part of what we do this weekend.”
Brady: “We’ve been talking about it, going back + forth. I think it’s the right thing to do for the athletic department and I’m OK with it.”
— Mark Selig (@MarkRSelig) March 18, 2013
The game tips off Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. at University of Dayton Arena against LIU-Brooklyn, itself no stranger to off-the-court incidents. Star Julian Boyd and three teammates were arrested at a campus brawl in October and eventually suspended for two games. Boyd later tore his ACL in December, ending his season after eight games.