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Dayton’s Dyshawn Pierre ‘thrilled’ to be back with his team


during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 22, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.

Kirk Irwin

Dyshawn Pierre has been reinstated at Dayton and rejoined the team at practice on Sunday.

“I am thrilled to be back with my team and coaching staff,” Pierre said in a statement. “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me through this most trying time. My family and I are very disappointed but our hope is that the University of Dayton will handle these types of cases with greater care as a result of my fight. We are exploring all of our options, and we still have faith that this injustice will be corrected.”

“I do not plan to address this situation again until after the season. Thank you for your understanding.”

Dayton plays Miami (OH) tonight, but Pierre is not expected to play. He’s practiced twice since rejoining the program after four months away. Pierre was accused of sexual assault by a female student and subsequently suspended for a semester. He’s repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and is currently suing the university for an unjust punishment.

Pierre averaged 12.7 points and 8.1 boards a season ago for the Flyers.