Gonzaga basketball players arrested in Cheney

Updated: February 10, 2007, 10:52 PM ET
Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga's second-leading scorer, Josh Heytvelt, and freshman Theo Davis were indefinitely suspended Saturday after being arrested for investigation of drug charges, a bust that could derail the team during a critical point in the season.

"Obviously, the program is shocked and extremely disappointed," Coach Mark Few told a news conference before leaving to prepare for Saturday night's game against Saint Mary's. "We regret the far-reaching effect this has on our program and the university."

The players were were arrested late Friday night after officers in nearby Cheney found marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms in their gold Chevy Trailblazer, said Cmdr. Rick Campbell. The amount of marijuana was only enough for a misdemeanor, but possession of mushrooms is a felony, he said.

Prosecutors have until the end of Wednesday to file charges. The two were released shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday on their own recognizance, a jail spokeswoman said.

Police pulled the car over because its tail lights were not working, Campbell said. Officers smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle, and the players were cooperative, he said. Heytvelt had been driving.

"It was close to midnight. They needed to have their lights on," Campbell said.

Heytvelt, 20, of Clarkston, is averaging 15.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game as a 6-foot-11 sophomore. He trails only Derek Raivio, at 18.4 points, in scoring for the Bulldogs.

Davis, 21, is redshirting as a freshman after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder to repair ligament damage last October. He is from Brampton, Ontario, but played most of his high school ball at Luthern Christian Academy in Philadelphia.

Gonzaga, always a tough team come tournament time, is unranked and having a mediocre year at 18-8. The Bulldogs beat Saint Mary's 60-49 on Saturday. The Bulldogs remain tied with Santa Clara at the top of the West Coast Conference at 7-2. Santa Clara was due in town on Monday, followed by No. 8 Memphis on Saturday.

Athletic director Mike Roth said the university is still gathering information about the arrests and that the pair will face the same disciplinary standards as any other students.

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