By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Mar 1, 2014
A fight broke out at the end of a college basketball game between New Mexico State and Utah Valley University on Thursday night, resulting in the suspension of two players by the Western Atlantic Conference.
New Mexico junior K.C. Ross-Miller, who has been suspended for two games, started the fight when he chucked a basketball at Utah Valley’s Holton Hunsaker as the clock wound down on the overtime game in Orem, Utah. Hunsaker, who is the son of Utah Valley coach Dick Hunsaker, was hit in the leg.
New Mexico senior Renaldo Dixon was also suspended for one game for his involvement in the fight, which began just as Utah Valley won the game 66-61.
Fans flooded onto the court as the fight began, and ESPN reports, “In the ensuing chaos, at least one New Mexico State player threw a punch. The video stream on Utah Valley's website showed the player to be junior guard DK Eldridge. Staff also forcefully pulled the [New Mexico] Aggies' Daniel Mullings away from the melee.
“The WAC announced the suspensions for violating the conference's sportsmanship policy Friday evening,” ESPN reports. “New Mexico State had [already] suspended Ross-Miller on Friday morning, hours after he touched off the brawl.
"There obviously is no place in the Western Athletic Conference or intercollegiate athletics as a whole for the unfortunate events that took place at the conclusion of Thursday night's game," commissioner Jeff Hurd said.
Additional disciplinary actions may be forthcoming against students involved in the fight.
As one announcer says in the video above, “What a terrible end to a great college basketball game.”