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Top of the Arc - December 11, 2008

Dec. 11, 9:05 a.m.: The biggest development yesterday did not occur on a basketball court. Syracuse standout Eric Devendorf was found guilty of violating the university’s Student Code of Conduct by a judicial hearing board, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. He faces an indefinite suspension that will last at least the rest of this academic year. The board found that Devendorf physically harassed another student by intentionally striking her with his hand. Devendorf can appeal. Here is the AP story.


Just when I hyped of Dayton, the Flyers lost to Creighton by 18 points. Dayton’s Chris Wright scored only eight points. Booker Woodfox had 21 points for Creighton. The Bluejays were the preseason choice in the MVC but had not played well. Now they have secured back-to-back wins over St. Joseph’s and Dayton and are starting to get on track.

Gonzaga collected an impressive 22-point win at Washington State and continued to look like a serious contender for No. 1 seed in the West. The Bulldogs and Cougars were locked in a tight battle early in the second half, but then Mark Few’s team went on a 27-2 run over a 10-minute span to take control of the game. Washington State’s Taylor Rochestie told reporters, “We played selfish basketball. Our defense was disrespectful to our coaching staff.” Gonzaga is simply a much better team. Washington State tried to get the Bulldogs to play its style and it worked until early in the second half. The 22-point margin of defeat was the largest in Bennett’s three years at Washington State.

By Eric Prisbell  |  December 11, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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