Four LIU Brooklyn players arrested

NEW YORK -- Four members of the LIU Brooklyn
basketball team -- including the team's top three scorers -- were arrested Thursday night and charged with third-degree assault.

Forward Julian Boyd, the reigning Northeast Conference Player of the Year, forward Jamal Olasewere, guard C.J. Garner and forward Troy Joseph have all been suspended by the school as well.

"LIU Brooklyn has suspended indefinitely four members of its men's basketball team for their involvement in a Sept. 14 altercation on campus," said LIU Brooklyn director of athletics John Suarez in a statement. "No other student-athletes were implicated in this incident. Until all legal and appeals processes have been completed, we will not comment further on this matter."

The incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, according to a New York Police Department spokesperson, who also said that two of the four victims were female. Contrary to other published reports, the altercation did not involve members of the university's track and field team, according to a university spokesperson.

LIU Brooklyn is the two-time defending Northeast Conference champion, and has made the NCAA tournament the past two seasons, losing to North Carolina and Michigan State in its opening games.

With Boyd (17.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg), Olasewere (16.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Garner (12.6 ppg, 3.3 apg) returning, the Blackbirds were expected to challenge for a third straight NEC crown -- despite the departure of head coach Jim Ferry, who took the same job at Duquesne during the offseason. Assistant coach Jack Perri was promoted to take Ferry's place.