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Two Duquesne basketball players arrested

| Sunday, June 8, 2014, 9:12 p.m.

The backcourt for the Duquesne Dukes will be back in Municipal Court on June 18 to face criminal charges stemming from a Saturday brawl on the South Side that led Pittsburgh Police to fire a Taser at them.

Police have charged guard Jeremiah Jones, 20, with public drunkenness, assault and escape following a melee along East Carson Street shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday. Three-point wizard Micah John Mason, 20, was arrested for allegedly altering his driver's license to add three years to his birthdate.

A Duquesne spokesman said the university is investigating the incident but declined comment. Unable to post bail from Allegheny County Jail, the guards were bonded out by Duquesne forward Dominique McKoy, 21, who put up $300 for Jones and another $100 for Mason, according to court records.

Those documents say that two Pittsburgh Police officers patrolling in the 1300 block of E. Carson St. spotted Jones punching a man named Kevin Burke in the face. Seeing them, Jones allegedly began to walk away but was ordered to stop. He fled, prompting Officer Timothy Morse to shoot a Taser at him, but he missed, according to the police report. Jones sprinted to a nearby parking lot where another officer apprehended him and Mason, who was jogging behind him.

Jones smelled drunk, Morse wrote, and Mason's Pennsylvania license had the date of birth changed from 1993 to 1990. Mason said “I did it” with “nail polish remover,” according to court papers. Burke suffered a cut along his upper lip but declined medical attention.

Both guards will be juniors next year. A star from Indiana's Merrillville High School, last season Jones averaged 6.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. One of the nation's top 3-point shooters after receiving a waiver to transfer to Duquesne from Drake, Mason, a Natrona Heights standout at Highlands High School, averaged 10.6 points and 2.8 rebounds.

Staff writer Chris Harlan contributed to this report. Carl Prine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7826 or

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