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UNLV suspends Dejean-Jones for regular-season finale at UNR

Coach Dave Rice says Rebels’ leading scorer has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team

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UNLV guard Bryce Dejean Jones complains to official Dick Cartmell after he was hit in the head by a San Diego State player during their Mountain West Conference game Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Aztecs won 73-64.

Updated Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 6:24 p.m.

UNLV vs. San Diego State: March 5, 2014

UNLV guard Bryce Dejean Jones has his shot blocked by San Diego State forward Skylar Spencer during their Mountain West Conference game Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Launch slideshow »

UNLV will be without its leading scorer in the regular-season finale at UNR because junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones has been suspended from all basketball-related activities through Saturday, coach Dave Rice announced today.

Rice said Dejean-Jones’ suspension was for conduct detrimental to the team. Dejean-Jones left the court immediately after Wednesday’s 73-64 loss to San Diego State and then quickly left the Thomas & Mack Center before later returning. In the game he was 1-for-7 with three turnovers.

It’s unclear exactly what caused Rice to suspend Dejean-Jones.

Dejean-Jones, who’s averaging 13.4 points per game, won’t practice with the team today or Friday and won’t travel with the Rebels to Reno for Saturday’s game against the Wolf Pack. The winner of that game will get the No. 3 seed in the Mountain West tournament next week at the Mack with the loser falling into the 4-5 game. UNR won earlier this season at UNLV, 74-71.

UNLV will be without a second regular for Saturday's game because junior forward Roscoe Smith will miss his second straight game because of a concussion. Smith was hit in the head in the second half at Air Force and missed the SDSU game because of it. He hasn’t practiced since Friday and Rice said he expects Smith to return to practice Monday.

UNLV announced there would be no further comment on Dejean-Jones.

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