Friday , Nov , 05 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Mississippi State’s Roberts to miss one game

Starkville, MS (Sports Network) – The NCAA on Friday re-instated the 2004-05
eligibility of Mississippi State forward Lawrence Roberts. The decision was
based upon Roberts sitting out one game and repaying expenses provided by an
NBA team.

Roberts attended a pre-draft workout with the Portland Trail Blazers before
deciding to return to school. According to his mother, the Blazers paid for
his airline ticket, hotel room and meals. After coming back to Starkville for
his senior year, the money was repaid and the family provided the receipts to
the NCAA.

Roberts will miss the November 11 contest against Fairfield in the opening
round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Birmingham, Alabama.

“I want to thank Lawrence and his family for their assistance as we have
worked through this re-instatement process,” Director of Athletics Larry
Templeton said. “I would also be remiss if I did not mention the tireless
efforts of our compliance office during this time.”

Roberts transferred to Mississippi State last season from Baylor following the
death of teammate Patrick Dennehy. He was the SEC’s Player of the Year for the
2003-04 campaign after averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

The Bulldogs went 26-4 overall last season and lost to Xavier in the second
round of the NCAA Tournament.

Roberts applied for entry into the NBA Draft in June, but did not hire an