OSU HOOPS: Victor Robbins suspension extended

WAYNE TINKLE in a statement released by Oregon State on Wednesday extendeding the suspension of forward Victor Robbins after Robbins was cited for driving under the influence early Sunday morning.

Wayne Tinkle did not say how long the suspension would last in his statement. Victor Robbins was previously suspended 10 games for an undisclosed violation of OSU athletic department rules, beginning with the Washington game Jan. 15. He had two more games to sit before he was to be due back for the Feb. 19 game against Utah.

“Victor Robbins is going to serve an extended suspension from the team for this latest incident," Tinkle says in the statement. "We know that he has some issues that he has to work through, and we feel that by removing basketball from the equation for the time being, it will allow him to put the focus where he needs to. We are going to continue with our academic support, financial aid and all of those things. We have a structured plan in place for him back in Corvallis. We are going to keep our arms around him and make sure that he follows the steps that he needs to and be there to support him. But we felt that by taking basketball away for the time being is really going to allow him to channel his efforts where he needs to. We are all pulling for him. I know that our team is as well, and we are going to move forward.”

Robbins was averaging 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds before the suspension. He was the first person off the bench and the third-leading scorer for the Beavs at the time of his suspension.

Oregon State (16-7) has been the surprise of the Pac-12 this season - and one of the biggest surprises in all of college basketball. They are tied for third in the conference standings with a 7-4 Pac-12 record and have continued to win (5-3) despite Robbins' absence and with just eight scholarship players on the roster.

OSU plays UCLA in a Wednesday night tilt with a 7 p.m. tip. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Robbins did not make the trip.

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