George Mason suspends forward Mike Morrison an additional game

By Steven Goff
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

George Mason University suspended forward Mike Morrison an additional game after his ejection from Saturday's loss at Old Dominion, leaving the Patriots without their leading shot blocker and second-best rebounder for Tuesday's critical Colonial Athletic Association home game against William & Mary and Saturday's nonconference visit by College of Charleston.

Morrison, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, received a double technical foul for yelling at a referee during the second half of a 76-60 loss in Norfolk. Per CAA guidelines, the dismissal carried an automatic one-game suspension.

George Mason Athletic Director Tom O'Connor added a second game to the penalty because Morrison failed to "meet the standards expected of a Mason student-athlete."

Morrison has started all but one game for the Patriots (16-10, 11-4 CAA) and is averaging 8 points and 5.6 rebounds. He is shooting 53.9 percent from the field and has blocked 40 shots.

After Saturday's game, Morrison was remorseful, saying: "I lost my cool. It shouldn't have happened."

With three league games remaining, the Patriots are in third place in the CAA, one game behind Northeastern and Old Dominion and one game ahead of Drexel and William & Mary (18-7, 10-5). Four teams will receive first-round byes in the conference tournament.

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