Portland State players freed; two denied beating up Michigan man

Updated: April 2, 2008, 3:43 PM ET
Associated Press

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico -- Two Portland State basketball players were released from jail Wednesday after telling police they weren't part of a fight in a Mexican resort town.

Jeremiah Dominguez and Scott Morrison denied beating up a 23-year-old Michigan man late Friday.

Kyle Meagher, a student at Lansing Community College, suffered a broken jaw. He told police from his hospital bed that he didn't have a chance to identify the aggressors. He said he only remembers being hit and losing consciousness.

Dominguez and Morrison were arrested three days after the fight.

Investigator Omar Barajas said they were initially taken into custody for public drinking, but one of Meagher's acquaintances said they may have been responsible for the fight. However, the acquaintance has since disappeared and never made a formal accusation.

It was unclear if the pair would stay in Cabo San Lucas or return to the U.S.

Dominguez and Morrison played on the Vikings team that went a school-record 23-10, winning the Big Sky conference tournament to earn its first trip to the NCAA tournament. A No. 16 seed, Portland State lost to top-seeded Kansas in a first-round game.

Dominguez, the Big Sky's player of the year, averaged 14.2 points and 4.1 assists per game. Morrison, the league's defensive player of the year, averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds.


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