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Pierce pleads innocent; could face 10-year term

Updated: October 2, 2002, 2:29 PM ET
Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa basketball player Pierre Pierce was arrested early Tuesday on a sexual assault charge and suspended from the team.

Pierce, who had the second most assists of any freshman in school history last season, pleaded innocent and was released. He agreed not to travel outside Iowa and Illinois.

The charge stems from a report filed Sept. 7 by a woman treated at a hospital emergency room the day before. Police searched Pierce's home six days later.

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