Dyson, Wiggins suspensions came after alcohol-related incident

Updated: January 31, 2008, 5:17 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Connecticut starting guard Jerome Dyson and backup guard Doug Wiggins were suspended indefinitely last week after an incident involving alcohol came to head coach Jim Calhoun's attention.

Calhoun reiterated Thursday that they would remain suspended from games, though he said Wiggins would practice with the team Thursday afternoon at Gampel Pavilion.

The two sophomores had a bottle of cognac and a bottle of vodka when campus police officers approached their vehicle Thursday night, police said in a statement.

The two players missed UConn's upset 68-63 victory at No. 11 Indiana on Saturday and Monday's 69-67 win against Louisville.

Both Wiggins and Dyson were issued a summons for possession of alcohol by a minor while Wiggins was also cited for operating with a suspended license. Wiggins is due in court on Feb. 4 to face that charge.

Wiggins and Dyson practiced Friday in Storrs. They weren't suspended before practice, but Calhoun received more information afterward and decided the players wouldn't travel to Indiana.

Dyson, from Rockville, Md., is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 14.3 points. He had started all 18 games this season for UConn (15-5, 5-3 Big East). Wiggins, from East Hartford, has come off the bench in all 18 games, averaging 6.6 points.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Andy Katz was used in this report.

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