Academics cost Brown fall semester

Updated: August 29, 2009, 9:09 AM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh has suspended forward Gilbert Brown from the men's basketball team for the fall semester because of academic reasons.

The school made the announcement Friday.

Brown, a redshirt junior, played in 32 games as a reserve last season when the Panthers went 31-5, reached No. 1 for three weeks and fell one win shy of the Final Four. He scored in double figures five times and averaged 5.4 points and 3.1 rebounds.

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Brown could be eligible to rejoin the team Dec. 20.

During the 2007-08 season, Brown played in 37 games, starting 15, and averaged 6.5 points and 3.1 rebounds.


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