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Mo. Western Kicks Off Top Scorer

February 18, 2000

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri Western’s Randy Dickerson, the top scorer in the MIAA and sixth-leading scorer in the nation, has been cut from the team for unspecified ``basketball reasons.″

Dickerson, a senior, was sixth in NCAA Division II with a 23.6 scoring average when he was cut after Wednesday’s game.

On Wednesday, Dickerson overslept prior to the team’s 86-77 win over Missouri-Rolla and arrived at the Fieldhouse 15 minutes before tipoff. He was pulled from the starting lineup and scored only three points in six minutes.

``It’s all basketball related,″ coach Tom Smith said. ``I just don’t want to get into that. It’s a season-wide thing.″

Dickerson said Smith did not tell him why he was cut.

``He didn’t say nothing,″ Dickerson said. ``He just said I can’t play no more. He said he thought it was time for us to part.″

Dickerson will remain in school and that he still had hard feelings toward Smith.

``I’ll never forgive him for messing up my senior season,″ he said. ``I didn’t feel I had a negative effect. (The players) like playing with me.″

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