Purdue’s Ryan Cline suspended for violation of team rules

Purdue guard Ryan Cline (14) hits a three-point basket over Northwestern forward Aaron Falzon (35) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Purdue defeated Northwestern 71-61. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter has announced that sophomore guard Ryan Cline has been suspended for the first three competitions of the 2016-17 season.

Cline will miss tonight’s exhibition game against Southern Indiana, this weekend’s closed scrimmage with West Virginia and the Nov. 11, season opener against McNeese State.

“We have suspended Ryan for our first three competitions for a violation of team rules,” Painter said. “We hold our players to a set of standards and they are expected to conduct themselves accordingly.”

Cline appeared in all 35 games last year, averaging 3.9 points per game while shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range.