Hoyas' Moses Ayegba banned 1 game

Updated: January 27, 2014, 11:45 PM ET
By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- Georgetown senior center Moses Ayegba will miss the Hoyas' game against Villanova, the result of a one-game suspension handed down by the NCAA just hours before Monday evening's tip-off.

The suspension "stems from his pre-enrollment reconciliation," Georgetown athletic director Lee Reed said in a statement. In 2010, the NCAA suspended Ayegba nine games for accepting a plane ticket from his native Nigeria.

The ticket was purchased by Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) high school basketball coach Joseph Bancore, who later became Ayegba's caretaker. A Georgetown spokesman said Monday's suspension was related to that issue, but would not elaborate further.

Ayegba averages 2.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game as a senior, but his minutes and production had increased in place of suspended Georgetown forward Josh Smith and injured counterpart Jabril Trawick. Smith will miss the rest of the season due to academic issues.

Trawick returned Monday after missing five games with a broken jaw. Trawick had started all 14 games and was averaging 7.1 points when he was injured against Providence on Jan. 8.

Georgetown is 11-8 overall, and 3-5 in the Big East.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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