Fresno State suspends center Robert Upshaw

UNLV’s Anthony Marshall, left, drives into Fresno State’s Robert Upshaw during an NCAA basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas Saturday, March 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)

Fresno State center Robert Upshaw has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of athletic department policy and team rules, his second suspension this season and one that puts an awkward stop to the progress he had made in a regular-season ending victory at UNLV in which he grabbed 11 rebounds and had two blocked shots in his best game of the season.

The 7-foot freshman from Memorial High will not play on Wednesday in the seventh-seeded Bulldogs’ quarterfinal game at the Mountain West Conference Tournament against Colorado State or in the next round should they beat the Rams to advance.

Coach Rodney Terry could not be immediately reached for comment –- the Bulldogs are en route to Las Vegas for the tournament, which starts with a play-in game on Tuesday.

Upshaw, regarded as the top recruit for the Bulldogs in what was considered a strong 2012 recruiting class, was suspended for three games in February for a violation of athletic department policy and sat out games against UNLV, at San Diego State and against New Mexico.

He also missed the missed the first four games of the season coming back from a knee injury suffered in practice and this season is averaging 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.