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Charge against USC's Downey dismissed

South Carolina men's basketball star Devan Downey has been cleared of a misdemeanor assault charge, stemming from an altercation with a student in April.

Downey's lawyeer, Neal Lourie, said Wednesday that the simple assaut charge was dismissed at the request of Curtis Lowery, who decided not to pursue the case.

"It's over," Lourie said.

Lowery, in a brief phone conversation, confirmed that the case has been resolved.

"Devan would like to apologize for any negative attention that he has brought upon Mr. Curtis Lowery and the University of South Carolina community," Lourie said in a statement. "Devan is committed to continuing his achievements in education and on the court."

Lourie added a brief comment from Downey: "This experience has taught me many life lessons."

Downey, a 5-foot-9 point guard, was a first-team All-SEC pick this season as a sophomore. The Chester native spent his first college season at Cincinnati, then sat out the 2006-07 season after transfering to USC.

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