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  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL

    Beavers suspend Collier, Moreland

  • Oregon State men's basketball coach Craig Robinson announced Tuesday that his team will be without two players when it takes the floor later this month.
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  • CORVALLIS — Oregon State men's basketball coach Craig Robinson announced Tuesday that his team will be without two players when it takes the floor later this month.
    Senior forward Devon Collier and junior forward Eric Moreland were suspended indefinitely earlier this year for an undisclosed "violation of team rules."
    During his team's media day Tuesday, Robinson said Collier will miss one regular-season game and Moreland 14.
    Both will be out for the Beavers' two exhibition games.
    Collier will return for the Nov. 13 home game against Portland.
    Moreland, who was also suspended for three games last January, will be eligible to return for the Jan. 9 home game versus Stanford, Oregon State's third Pac-12 contest of the season.
    "I'm really disappointed in myself. I know coach Robinson is really disappointed," Moreland said. "I had no business getting in trouble again. It's sad for both of us. You can't sulk over it and try to get over it and keep working until it's time to come back."
    The Beavers' schedule opens with exhibition games at home against Corban (Oct. 29) and Concordia (Nov. 5) before the first counting game versus Coppin State, also at home, on Nov. 10.
    Collier averaged 12.6 points and 6.0 points last season, while Moreland averaged 9.6 points and 10.6 rebounds. Moreland started 22 of the team's 32 games and Collier 15.
    "I'm trying to move forward from this situation and make sure no mistakes like this happen again and just hope for the best," Collier said Tuesday.
    In Moreland, the Beavers lose their top rebounder and shot blocker from last season.
    He finished second in the Pac-12 in those two categories as well as double-doubles. He was also third in field-goal percentage (.574).
    "Losing Eric for almost half a season is going to have an effect," Robinson said. "All we can do is hope we can weather the storm."
    Robinson said the rest of the team sees Collier and Moreland's absences as an opportunity.
    The coach said he was disappointed but also feels bad for their teammates, who rely on Collier and Moreland to help them reach their goals.
    "That's what young people have a tough time understanding, is everything you do has consequence and you have to live with the consequences," Robinson said.
    Added senior guard Roberto Nelson: "Those are two workhorses that we need. They do a lot for us. It's going to be tough not having them there."
    Moreland said his suspension is a "life lesson" and something he'll be able to use when he's done playing basketball and finished with college.
    "Everything is under a microscope and things happen all the time. You've just got to watch your decisions," he said. "I'm just trying to deal with this the best that I can. I know it can't happen again. I can help this team. I can't let this happen again, I'm learning from it. And I know the team ... we're going to be fine."
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