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Siena's Lionel Gomis hoping for waiver

Updated: September 2, 2011, 7:12 PM ET
By Andy Katz

Siena freshman and Dakar, Senegal, native Lionel Gomis said he saw his mother die when he was 14.

He said he and his sister, Reinie-Marie, were left helpless when their 47-year-old mother, Eugenie Badgi, suddenly passed away from an illness.

Gomis tried to live with his estranged father but that didn't last long. He joined his sister at his grandparents'. Money was scarce for the private school he had been attending. And for two years he stopped going to school. He passed the time ...

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