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Patterson, Cincy star Gates suspended

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Pitt coach Jamie Dixon has suspended redshirt freshman Lamar Patterson for tonight’s game against Cincinnati at 6 p.m. at Petersen Events Center.

Patterson will return for the Panthers’ game at West Virginia on Monday.

Also, Cincinnati is without junior forward Yancy Gates, who was suspended for violating team rules and didn’t make the trip to Pittsburgh.

Patterson’s suspension means more minutes for freshman J.J. Moore, who was featured in today’s Trib.

On Friday, Patterson was charged by Manheim Township police, Lancaster County, following an alleged incident in which he is accused of leaving a restaurant without paying his bill. Patterson, 19, was charged with providing false identification to law enforcement, theft of services and carrying a false identification card, according to Manheim Township police.

Police say Patterson, who played at McCaskey High School in Lancaster, and two others left the House of Pasta on Dec. 28 without paying a $30 bill.

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