JMU top scorer Rayshawn Goins might have put a bit of a damper on the celebrations going on at the James Madison campus. James Madison was announced as an official NCAA Tournament participant on Sunday night.
Reports indicate that Goins was arrested for obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct that stemmed from an all night party members of the basketball team apparently attended.
The school hasn’t been in the NCAA tournament in 19 years and it appears that Goins was celebrating just a little too hard.
JMU announced that as punishment for this arrest, Goins would be suspended for the first half of his team’s NCAA Tournament opening round game.
While that kind of punishment will certain hurt the senior forward as there is a chance it could be his last game, it will also damage James Madison’s chances of moving on in the tournament.
Rayshawn Goins is not only the team’s leading scorer, averaging 12.7 points per game but he is also the leading rebounder. Goins hauls down 7.4 boards per game, four more rebounds per game than the next player on the list.
James Madison is coming into the tournament as a #16 seed and will be part of the play-in portion of the bracket. James Madison is slated to take on fellow 16-seed Long Island on Wednesday evening.
The winner of that matchup will have the honor of taking on #1 seed Indiana on Friday. The team will likely need Goins to have his mind on the game if they want to have any chance of actually making it to Friday’s contest.
James Madison got into the NCAA Tournament thanks to an improbable run in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.
That run was topped off by a win over regular season conference champion Northeastern. JMU was able to get the victory thanks in large part to a 23-1 scoring run to start that game.