Dayton suspends Dyshawn Pierre for first semester

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ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that Dayton’s leading scorer, Dyshawn Pierre, will be suspended for the first semester of this season meaning a return for the final two games of non-conference play including a big OOC tilt against the Arkansas Razorbacks at UD Arena.

Pierre was Dayton’s leading returning scorer and rebounder, averaging 12.7 points and 8.1 boards per contest as a junior with the Flyers.

The Flyers will be without the A-10 Second Team All-Conference selection for big matchups against the likes of Alabama, Vanderbilt and the field of the Advocare Invitational including an opening round game against Iowa. They will also miss the big’s presence in some sneaky tough games against teams like UT Chattanooga and North Florida.

This won’t be the first time this group has dealt with adversity however, as Archie Miller’s team dismissed two bigs early last season in Robinson and Scott en route to a A-10 runner-up and NCAA tournament season.

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Mat Shelton-Eide has been involved in college athletics since 2007, starting as a co-founder of VCURamNation.com where he covered the Rams all the way to Houston as the one-time CAA darling shocked the hoops world with a historic run to the Final 4. He has worked within two Atlantic 10 athletic departments, first as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department during the '09-'10 basketball season, then after receiving his M.Ed. from VCU's Center for Sport Leadership, as a ticketing and marketing intern in the University of Richmond's athletic department during the inaugural season of Richmond's Robins Stadium, months before the Spiders 2011 Sweet 16 run.

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