SEATTLE (AP) — Washington backup point guard Venoy Overton has been reinstated and will play with the Huskies in the NCAA tournament on Friday against Georgia.

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said on Sunday that Overton would play in the NCAAs.

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Overton was suspended for the Pac-10 tournament after he was charged by the Seattle city attorney with providing alcohol to a minor. Overton was a spectator on the bench as Washington won the
conference tournament title.

Overton spoke briefly on Sunday, while not directly addressing his case.

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Overton said the last two months have been difficult and that public opinion was almost more of a punishment than his suspension.

Overton’s case stemmed from an allegation by a 16-year-old girl that Overton sexually assaulted her at an apartment in Seattle Jan. 8. King County prosecutors declined to file charges.

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