Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn back to action Nov. 22

Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn’s suspension will go through the

first three games of the regular season, then he will be eligible

to play for the 16th-ranked Bears again on Nov. 22.

The school made that announcement before their season opener

Friday night, when Dunn sat on the bench wearing a vest with a tie

over a long-sleeve lavender shirt next to starting guard A.J.

Walton, who was serving a suspension of his own.

Coach Scott Drew said after the 87-52 victory over Grambling

State that he couldn’t comment on Dunn’s suspension aside from what

had already been announced.

”The good thing is we are excited about when he comes back,”

Drew said. ”As good as he looks on the sideline, we know he’s

better on the court.”

Dunn, the team’s leading scorer last season, had been

indefinitely suspended since he was arrested last month after

police accused him of breaking his girlfriend’s jaw in a domestic

dispute.

The woman, Lacharlesla Edwards, disputed police accounts, saying

Dunn didn’t hit her and her jaw wasn’t broken. Edwards, the mother

of Dunn’s 3-year-old son, has asked that all charges be

dropped.

Waco police sent the case to McLennan County District Attorney

John Segrest, who hasn’t commented. Segrest, who lost his

re-election bid and will leave office Jan. 4, didn’t return a phone

call Friday.

The school said in its release that Dunn’s three-game suspension

is for ”a team rules violation.” Dunn did not play in the Bears’

preseason scrimmage or an exhibition game before the regular-season

opener against Grambling State. He will also miss games against La

Salle and Jackson State.

The school said there would be no further comment on Dunn’s

suspension.

There was no word about Walton’s suspension until the game

began. The school said only that he was serving a one-game

suspension for a violation of team rules and would be able to play

the next game Tuesday against La Salle.

Dunn’s attorney, Vikram Deivanayagam, declined to comment

Friday.

Waco police have said officers were called to Hillcrest Hospital

on Sept. 27 to investigate an assault on Edwards. Dunn was arrested

after turning himself into authorities Oct. 5, the same day his

suspension from the team was announced.

Dunn was suspended academically Oct. 7, but a Baylor

disciplinary panel allowed him to return to class the following

week.

Deivanayagam said in a statement then that the Baylor University

Judicial Affairs Disciplinary Committee heard evidence and found

Dunn ”not guilty of assaulting a female which resulted in her jaw

being broken,” quoting from a letter he said he received from the

panel.

After the decision, Dunn was allowed to practice with the Bears

but remained suspended from competition.

Dunn was a second-team All-Big 12 pick last season when he

averaged 19.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while the Bears set a school

record with 28 victories and got within one win of making their

first NCAA Final Four appearance in 60 years. He set school records

for points (704), 3-pointers (116) and free throw shooting

percentage (85.7 on 126 of 147 free throws).

Dunn needs 451 points this season to become the school’s career

scoring leader, and 518 for the Big 12 lead. He holds the Baylor

record with 299 career 3-pointers, 91 short of the conference

mark.

”He’s a great just off-the-court leader. He kept talking to me

while he was on the bench,” Quincy Acy said after scoring 20

points with 12 rebounds in the season-opening win, adding that he

told Dunn, ”We’re waiting on you to come back. We’re looking

forward to it.”

Associated Press writer Schuyler Dixon in Dallas contributed to

this report.