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NU SUSPENDS THREE ATHLETES TIED TO BAR FIGHT

Niagara University today suspended three basketball players, including sophomore point guard Calvin Murphy Jr., from the team indefinitely because of a fight over the weekend in a Lewiston bar, officials said.

Murphy is the son of Calvin Murphy, Basketball Hall of Famer and former Niagara basketball star.

Sports Information Director Mark Vandergrift said Coach Jack Armstrong also suspended Jeremiah Johnson, a starting junior point guard, and Jermaine Young, a senior center.

None of the three players, who form the nucleus of the players returning from last year's 11-17 team, have been charged. Young, 21, is the only one of legal drinking age.

All three reportedly were involved in the fight early Saturday, during which another Niagara student was injured, purportedly by the basketball players.

The Niagara student, however, decided today not to press any charges. How that might affect Armstrong's decision, made this morning, was unclear.

"The coach met with the players this morning," Vandergrift said.

He said that early reports that the basketball players fled the scene before police arrived were incorrect.

"They did not flee the scene," Vandergrift said. "Police had told them to go back to campus."

Thomas W. Williams III, also a Niagara student, suffered lower lip and eye injuries in the fight in the Park Place Bar at 765 Center St. in Lewiston.

Police said they found up to 70 people outside the bar at Ninth and Center streets, where the fight had apparently continued after employees had cleared the establishment.

Officers said they dispersed the crowd and tried to get Williams to seek medical attention, but he reportedly declined.

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