Suspension stems from actions at Villanova

Updated: August 29, 2003, 6:05 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Saint Louis University guard Reggie Bryant will miss the first three games of the season as punishment for making unauthorized long distance calls while at Villanova.

Bryant and other Villanova students and athletes were involved in the unauthorized use of a long-distance telephone access code during the 2001-02 academic year, SLU officials said. Bryant will repay the cost of the calls he placed.

``Reggie realizes that he made an error in judgment and is willingly repaying the debt,'' coach Brad Soderberg said Friday.

The Billikens open Nov. 21 against Eastern Kentucky. Bryant also will miss games against Savannah State and North Carolina A&T. He is eligible to play at West Virginia on Dec. 2.

Bryant, a 6-2 junior, averaged 7.6 points in 55 career games at Villanova before transferring to Saint Louis and sitting out the season.

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