Bloomington – Tom Crean isn't turning his back on leading scorer Devan Dumes, but he isn't going to turn a blind eye to some questionable on-the-court behavior, either.
On Sunday, Crean suspended his leading scorer indefinitely following his ejection from Saturday's 75-47 loss at Michigan State. The 6'2" junior was ejected after throwing an elbow at Spartan forward Austin Thornton in the final three minutes of the game.
"We want our team to be aggressive, we want our team to be physical, we want our team to be tough and relentless," Crean said Monday. "But we don't want to cross a line. There were a few instances where that had happened, and we need to get it corrected and move on from it."
While this is the first disciplinary action Dumes has faced for his play, Crean said IU officials heard from the Big Ten Conference about Dumes after the Northwestern game as well. During Northwestern's 77-75 win, Dumes got tied up with Wildcat guard Craig Moore and appeared to elbow him as he got back to his feet.
"You just can't cross the line," Crean said. "We're going to make sure that's understood."
Dumes has already been ruled out of Tuesday's game at Minnesota, but he could very well return for Sunday's home game against Illinois. He will continue to practice with the team and will travel with them to Minnesota.
His absence tomorrow night makes an already daunting task against the Gophers that much more difficult. Dumes scored 19 points and made 4-of-6 3-pointers in the first meeting between the two teams, a 67-63 Gopher win in Bloomington Jan. 25.
"It's going to be a huge loss when you don't have his ability to handle the ball and make shots," Crean said. "We don't want to play without him very long, but that's not the crux of the issue. The issue is to make sure he understands what it takes to be successful not only as a player but here at Indiana."
Crean Elaborates on Dumes Suspension
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