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UC Davis basketball star Chima Moneke suspended indefinitely

FILE -- UC Davis’ Chima Moneke (11) shoots against North Carolina Central's Pablo Rivas (13) and Kyle Benton (25) during the second half of a First Four game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Dayton, Ohio. Moneke was suspended indefinitely from the team Feb. 3, 2018, for violating team rules at the team’s hotel before the team faced Long Beach State, according to the team’s official Twitter account.
FILE -- UC Davis’ Chima Moneke (11) shoots against North Carolina Central's Pablo Rivas (13) and Kyle Benton (25) during the second half of a First Four game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Dayton, Ohio. Moneke was suspended indefinitely from the team Feb. 3, 2018, for violating team rules at the team’s hotel before the team faced Long Beach State, according to the team’s official Twitter account. AP

The UC Davis men’s basketball team has suspended senior starting forward Chima Moneke indefinitely due to an unspecified violation of team rules at a hotel, according to a tweet by the team’s official account.

The tweet came less than an hour before UCD tipped off at 4 p.m. Saturday at Long Beach State.

“He returned to Davis and will not participate in today’s game. A review of this situation by University officials is in process, we will provide updates when available,” part of the tweet reads.

As of 7 p.m. Saturday, no update on Moneke had been given via Twitter or posted to the university’s athletics website.

Moneke is the leading scorer this season at 18.4 points per game for UCD (15-7, 6-2 Big West Conference entering Saturday), starting in 21 of the team’s 22 games.

Without Moneke, the Aggies went on to beat Long Beach 105-104 on Saturday in a double-overtime thriller. Moneke’s absence was mentioned by commentators during the game’s radio broadcast on KSAC (105.5 FM), but the details of the rules violation were not discussed during on-air postgame interviews with forward TJ Shorts and coach Jim Les.

Moneke earned a number of accolades in 2017, including Big West’s Newcomer of the Year and SB Nation’s Big West Player of the Year, after helping his team secure its first March Madness appearance and First Four play-in victory last season.

The Aggies lost 100-62 to Kansas and were eliminated from the tournament. Moneke had 20 points and nine rebounds in that game.

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