Sophomore guard DeAndre Harris has been suspended indefinitely from the UNT men’s basketball team, a school spokesman confirmed Saturday afternoon.
Harris was ejected for the second time in UNT’s last four games in a loss to Charlotte on Thursday. UNT head coach Tony Benford sent Harris back to Denton on Friday.
Harris picked up two technical fouls in UNT’s loss to the 49ers.
UNT will face Old Dominion tonight.
Senior forward Colin Voss will not start tonight after picking up a technical foul against Charlotte.
Harris’ issues began in a loss to UTEP at the Super Pit on Jan. 2. Harris and UTEP guard C.J. Cooper were wrestling for a loose ball on the floor late in the game, an exchange that resulted in a personal foul call on Harris.
UTEP forward Vince Hunter stepped in after the two stood up and had an exchange with Harris that was broken up by game officials. Hunter was called for personal foul and technical foul. Harris was escorted off the floor by a UNT official before returning to the court while referees reviewed film of the play. Harris was then ejected.
Officials said after the game that Harris was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul, which is defined as “contact that is not only excessive, but also extreme while the ball is live.”
Harris was ejected for the second time in four games against Charlotte. He was whistled for fouling 49ers guard Pierria Henry on a fast break and was called for a technical foul for arguing the call. He was later ejected after picking up his second technical foul after an exchange with Henry in which he appeared to take a swipe at the Charlotte guard.
Benford indicated he would speak with Harris after the Charlotte game and elected to suspend him after that conversation.
“We are going to represent this university in the right way,” Benford said following UNT’s loss to Charlotte “We are not going to be selfish or be undisciplined. We are going to show good sportsmanship, play hard and represent this university in the right way.”
Harris is averaging 6.5 points a game and had come on late in his first season with UNT, scoring in double figures three times in a four-game span beginning with an 11-point outing in a loss to Prairie View A&M. He followed up that performance by scoring 20 points against UTEP and 12 in a loss to UT-San Antonio.
Harris scored just two points in each of UNT’s last two games, a win over Rice and the Mean Green’s loss to Charlotte.