Syracuse, NY ― Syracuse basketball player Benny Williams remains suspended, according to a university spokesperson, making it unlikely that he will play in the Orange’s game tonight against Canisius.
Williams, a 6-foot-9 forward, was suspended by SU coach Adrian Autry prior to the team’s second preseason exhibition against the College of Saint Rose on Nov. 1. He missed that game and remained suspended for the Orange’s regular season opener on Monday against New Hampshire.
Syracuse won that game 83-72. The start time of tonight’s game against Canisius is set for 7 pm
Williams, a junior, started 24 out of 30 games for Syracuse last season. He averaged 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and was expected to fill an even bigger role this season.
With Williams out of the lineup, Autry has gone with sophomore Justin Taylor as the starting forward opposite Chris Bell. Taylor has responded well. He scored 14 points in the season-opening win over New Hampshire and made two critical 3-pointers in the second half of the game.
Syracuse has said Williams’ suspension is a result of a violation of team rules. Coach Adrian Autry has not specified the offense or provided a definitive timeline for when Williams would return.
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