MILWAUKEE (AP) -Scoring leader Avery Smith was tossed off Wisconsin-Milwaukee's basketball team Wednesday, a day after his suspension.
Panthers coach Rob Jeter suspended Smith for an unspecified violation of team rules a half hour before Milwaukee opened its season by beating Wisconsin-Parkside in an exhibition game Thursday night. The school said Smith would remain on scholarship.
``It has become clear we need to move forward as a team and a program without Avery,'' Jeter said in a statement. ``I've focused a lot on team chemistry and togetherness and now it is time to move into the season with a group that is committed to those ideas.''
Smith averaged 15.5 points last season and was on the Horizon League's preseason all-conference team this year.
Milwaukee opens its regular season Friday against Upper Iowa.
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