Freshmen center, Melvyn Oliver, has become the second Pirate to face suspension this season, joining Keon Lawrence (who remains suspended) on the sidelines, due to academic reasons. According to Bobby Gonzalez, Oliver has been temporarily removed from the team. Gonzo released an official statement prior to tonight's tip with LIU:
"This is not a permanent move, but I want academics to be the sole focus of Melvyn's attention for the next couple of weeks," head coach Bobby Gonzalez said in the release. "It is essential that each member of the team remember that they are a student-athlete and that their success in the classroom is of the utmost importance."