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Two Gonzaga players suspended after arrest

Police say Heytvelt and Davis were caught with psychedelic mushrooms and marijuana in car.

February 11, 2007|From the Associated Press

SPOKANE, WASH. — Gonzaga basketball players Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis were suspended from the team after their arrest in which police said psychedelic mushrooms and marijuana were in their car.

The players were booked into the Spokane County Jail on Friday night for investigation of drug possession, Cheney Police Cmdr. Rick Campbell said. Prosecutors have until the end of Wednesday to file charges. The two were released Saturday on their own recognizance.

The players were arrested in nearby Cheney. Campbell said the amount of marijuana was enough only for a misdemeanor, but possession of mushrooms is a felony.

Campbell said police pulled over the car because its tail lights were not working. Officers smelled marijuana and searched the car, he said.

"It was close to midnight," Campbell said. "They needed to have their lights on."

Athletic Director Mike Roth said the university was still gathering information, and the two players would face the same disciplinary standards as any other students.

"The program is shocked and extremely disappointed," Coach Mark Few said at a news conference before Saturday night's game against St. Mary's. "We regret the far-reaching effect this has on our program and the university."

Heytvelt, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, is a starting forward and the team's second-leading scorer at 15.5 points a game. Davis, a freshman from Canada who underwent shoulder surgery in October, has not played this season.

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