Florida Suspends Two Basketball Players After Sunday Car Break-In Arrest

University of Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan suspended forwards Erik Murphy and Cody Larson after the two players were arrested yesterday on a charge of breaking into a car.

“I am aware of Cody and Erik’s situation and very disappointed with the news,” Donovan said today in an e-mailed statement. The coach added that the two were suspended from all basketball-related activities and that he wouldn’t comment further until he met with both students.

Murphy and Larson were arrested along with a third male early yesterday in St. Augustine, Florida, roughly 77 miles east of the university in Gainesville, after witnesses saw them break into a car, according to the arrest report from the St. Augustine Police Department. The two were transported to St. Johns County Jail and charged with breaking into a vehicle.

Murphy, a 20-year-old sophomore from South Kingstown, Rhode Island, played in 33 games this season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Larson, a 19-year-old freshman from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, didn’t take the floor for the Gators this season, according to statistics on the team’s website.

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