OREM, UT (KRQE) — First it was the University of New Mexico, now its New Mexico State University involved in another instance of people behaving badly at basketball games.
Two New Mexico State Aggie basketball players have been suspended and others could be in trouble following a basketball brawl at a Thursday night game in Utah.
The brawl broke out after the game ended at Utah Valley University. A New Mexico State player threw a basketball at an opponent, then fans and players threw punches.
The game ended with Utah Valley University beating the Aggies 66 to 61 in overtime. But shortly after the buzzer rang, Aggie player KC Ross-Miller drilled Utah Valley’s Holton Honsaker with a ball.
Friday, Ross-Miller was suspended from the team for two games. Now the Western Athletic Conference is reviewing the video to see who else to go after.
A closer look shows some other Aggies had a part in what happened. After fans rushed the court, the fight broke out. Aggie player Daniel Mullings can be seen running into the crowd and appearing to throw a punch. After Mullings got involved, a Utah Valley fan on the right side of the mob also got involved.
One fan with a bandana can be seen throwing a punch at Mullings. Just when game announcers hoped that was the end of the skirmish, Aggie forward Renaldo Dixon can be seen landing a punch on the same fan who punched Mullings earlier.
On Friday, the WAC announced Dixon would be suspended for one game.
Utah Valley University says its administrators and police department are looking at the video as well. However, they couldn’t say if any fans would be facing charges.
WAC officials say they’re still reviewing the video to see if all the proper security procedures were in place.
Meanwhile, there’s been a lot of talk in college basketball about putting an end to the growing fad of fans rushing the court. Some say this incident may be the tipping point for the NCAA.
ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg addressed the video on the channel Friday, saying, “This was going to happen eventually. No one thought it was going to happen between New Mexico State and Utah Valley.”
An NCAA spokesman declined KRQE News 13’s request for comment on the incident Friday, deferring the WAC.
The WAC says as part of its investigation, it will look into whether stricter rules are needed for fans rushing the court. One of the most prominent NCAA conferences, the SEC has rules in place to fine fans who rush the court after games.