WVU basketball players Mazzulla and Pepper cited

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia University men's basketball players Joe Mazzulla, a senior, and Dalton Pepper, a sophomore, were issued disorderly conduct and public urination citations by Morgantown police early Sunday morning.

Both players have the option to contest the charges in municipal court Nov. 1 or to plead guilty and pay a fine.

In a statement released through the sports information department, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said, "We are aware of the situation and the matter will be handled internally."

Mazzulla has had two other alcohol-related incidents at West Virginia.

In April of 2009 he was suspended from the team after an arrest for a domestic battery charge after being accused of grabbing a woman by the throat during an argument at a bar in Morgantown. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, paid a $100 fine and court costs performed 40 hours of community service.

Back in 2008 Mazzulla was arrested at PNC Park and charged with underage drinking, resisting arrest, hindering apprehension and aggravated assault after throwing a punch at a Pittsburgh Police officer. In that incident, West Virginia teammate Cam Thoroughman was also arrested in the incident. Both players pleaded guilty to public intoxication and disorderly conduct and each paid fines.


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