Missouri coach Frank Haith suspends Wes Clark, Shane Rector for NIT game after arrests

03/18/2014 7:38 PM

03/18/2014 7:38 PM

Missouri’s bench got even shorter Tuesday when coach Frank Haith announced on Twitter that freshmen guards Wes Clark and Shane Rector had been suspended for the National Invitation Tournament opener against Davidson at Mizzou Arena.

Clark and Rector were arrested Saturday in Columbia along with two Tigers football players, sophomore cornerback Aarion Penton and redshirt sophomore Shaun Rupert, for misdemeanor possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.

The suspensions of Clark and Rector leave Missouri without a guard on the bench and with only two regular reserves, freshman Torren Jones and sophomore Ryan Rosburg. Junior Keanau Post is expected to start for the third consecutive game.

However, junior Danny Feldman is another option off the bench if needed. He’s only played 45 minutes in 21 games during the last two seasons with the Tigers since transferring from Columbia University.

Clark, who is from Detroit, is Missouri’s backup point guard and had averaged 4.1 points with 2.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 33 games this season.

Rector, who is from the Bronx, N.Y., had played in 22 games this season.

Missouri already is without senior forward Tony Criswell, who isn’t practicing with the team though he hasn’t officially been dismissed either.

Criswell missed the SEC Tournament last week and was recently sued by his landlord for failure to pay rent.

Meanwhile, Penton and Rupert were suspended from the Tigers’ spring practice.

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