Araujo still eligible for MWC tourney

Updated: March 9, 2004, 9:04 PM ET
Associated Press

PROVO, Utah -- Brigham Young center Rafael Araujo was reprimanded Tuesday by the Mountain West Conference for hitting an opponent in the Cougars' 89-88 victory at UNLV last week.

Araujo received a technical foul for hitting UNLV guard Jerel Blassingame in the second half of the game Saturday. He denied throwing a punch at Blassingame, who was knocked to his back and sat out for several minutes.

Araujo ended up hitting the game-winning basket in the final second.

The MWC reviewed the game tape and on Tuesday reprimanded Araujo for violating the league's sportsmanship policy. Araujo will still be eligible to play for the Cougars when the open the MWC tournament Thursday against Wyoming.

Araujo, a senior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was named Monday co-player of the year in the MWC, sharing the honor with Air Force's Nick Welch.


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