Originally created 01/08/01

Pirates suspend pair following incident



Freshman Eddie Griffin and senior Kevin Wilkins were suspended by Seton Hall for tonight's game against Notre Dame for violating unspecified team rules.

Coach Tommy Amaker released a statement Sunday that referred to Seton Hall's 78-66 loss to No. 19 Georgetown on Saturday. His four-paragraph statement said the two players violated team standards but did not elaborate.

Following Saturday's game at the MCI Center in Washington, Amaker took the unusual step of closing the team's locker room to the media.

At the time, he said it was so the team could leave quickly. But the team bus sat idling outside the arena an hour after the game.

Junior point guard Ty Shine, a Richmond Academy graduate, was seen leaving the locker room with a bandage below his right eye - covering an injury he did not have when he left the court following the game.

University officials would not comment on how Shine was injured, or whether it was related to the suspensions.

Griffin is averaging 19.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5.3 blocks for the No. 11 Pirates.