Friday , Aug , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

St. John’s reinstates Hamilton and Diakite

Jamaica, NY (Sports Network) – St. John’s University announced Friday that
sophomore Lamont Hamilton and senior Mohamed Diakite have been reinstated to
the men’s basketball team.

Both players completed a disciplinary course of action as outlined by the
school and will return to the active roster immediately.

The two players were suspended from the men’s basketball program as a result
of their involvement in an alleged rape in Pittsburgh during early February.
Their status was reviewed at the end of last semester and the school decided
to continue the suspensions until Friday’s decision.

Grady Reynolds, having been involved in a previous disciplinary matter, was
expelled after the incident, while leading scorer Elijah Ingram and senior
Abraham Keita are also no longer with the program.

The alleged victim, Sherri Ann Urbanek-Bach, was later charged with making
fictitious reports to police as well as attempted extortion and prostitution.

The incident came after Pittsburgh dominated St. John’s, 71-51, at the
Petersen Events Center.