NMSU player suspended, students react after post-game brawl

Updated: Friday, February 28 2014, 09:32 PM MST
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By: Bill Melugin
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State University men's basketball coach Marvin Menzies has suspended junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller after his actions caused a wild brawl Thursday night.

NMSU lost 66-61 at Utah Valley, and Ross-Miller threw the ball at an opposing player at the final buzzer, which ignited a full-on fight that involved players and fans from both teams.

"After reviewing the tape of the game and the events that immediately followed, a decision has been made to immediately suspend KC Ross-Miller," Menzies said. "No matter what provoked KC what he did was inexcusable and hence the suspension. It is an honor and a privilege to wear an Aggie uniform and a responsibility comes with that privilege.

"I will wait until I've had a chance to talk with our conference officials and university administration before any other disciplinary actions may or may not be taken. My initial assessment is that we're looking at two separate components, one being KC throwing the ball at Hunsaker and the other being the altercation between the players and the fans who rushed the floor.

"I would like to commend my staff for their immediate reaction to engage our players and remove them from the floor. We are currently reviewing several sources of video to accurately assess the situation. Obviously this was a very unfortunate incident and I'm hopeful that we can learn from it moving forward.”

NMSU students had mixed reactions to the brawl. Some understood the emotions involved; others said it was absolutely unacceptable.

"I can't say I'm really surprised, I think we all know this is probably one of the most undisciplined teams out there, and it just goes to show when you let players get away with things they continue to play badly," said Ashley Demott. "I think we all know, they're a really athletic team, they're really talented, and that doesn't translate, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact they're not held accountable for anything."

"It doesn't really disappoint me because I used to play sports in high school; I would always get that feeling when I would lose a game,but we are adults here now, so they shouldn't have reacted like that," said Angel Ortiz. "I could see how they were upset, but it shouldn't be a reason to get into a fight, it just gives NMSU a bad name."

NMSU player suspended, students react after post-game brawl
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