Gopher pleads guilty in mall scuffle

December 03, 2009

Suspended Minnesota freshman Royce White pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and theft for an October shoplifting incident and scuffle with a guard at the Mall of America.

Defense attorney F. Clayton Tyler said after White's hearing in Hennepin County District Court that the disorderly conduct charge will be dropped if White stays out of trouble for a year. The judge fined him $300 on the petty misdemeanor theft charge.

On a separate matter that didn't come up at the hearing, the attorney said White was not involved in the theft of a laptop computer from a University of Minnesota dorm room last month. Nobody has been charged in that theft.

Coach Tubby Smith suspended White indefinitely after the shoplifting incident. Bloomington police said White stole a pair of pants and a shirt worth about $100 combined and shoved a Macy's security guard.

After the laptop theft, Smith decided to keep White away from the team until the investigation was complete.

"I'm hoping a quick resolution of these matters will get him back on the team," Tyler said. "We're working hard to do that."

Mike Tisdale hit the go-ahead jumper with 41 seconds left and Mike Davis scored 22 points as Illinois finished off the biggest comeback in school history, defeating No. 18 Clemson 76-74. The Illini (5-2) trailed 51-28 early in the second half. ... Antonio Pena scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 3 Villanova won its 32nd consecutive game at its home arena with a 77-58 victory over Drexel.


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