WAC suspends two for role in brawl

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Updated: 2/28 10:05 pm

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - New Mexico State men's basketball players KC Ross-Miller and Renaldo Dixon have each been handed suspensions by the Western Athletic Conference for their actions during an on-court altercation at the conclusion of Thursday's game between the Aggies and Utah Valley.

Ross-Miller, who threw the game ball directly at the legs of Wolverines' player Holton Hunsacker moments after the Aggies' 66-61 overtime loss, was given a two-game ban. The incident triggered a fight that involved several fans that had rushed the floor and in which a number of punches were thrown.

Dixon received a one-game suspension for his involvement in the fracas. Some of New Mexico State's other players, including DK Eldridge, had to be pulled away by coaches during the scrum.

"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," WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd stated. "And I appreciate the excellent cooperation that I have received from both institutions in my review of what occurred.

"While the suspensions handed down are appropriate for the actions of the involved student-athletes, there will be a continued review of other incidents that occurred as a result of fans rushing the court. There are obvious safety and security issues that need to be addressed, and I also have requested additional games management information from Utah Valley University."

Ross-Miller had already been suspended indefinitely by New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies prior to the WAC's ruling.

"No matter what provoked KC, what he did was inexcusable and hence the suspension," Menzies said in a statement. "It is an honor and a privilege to wear an Aggie uniform and a responsibility comes with that privilege."

Ross-Miller, averaging 8.3 points with a team-best 3.5 assists in 30 games this season, will sit out Saturday's game at Bakersfield and a contest against Grand Canyon on Mar. 6. Dixon, who has averaged 8.8 points and 5.6 rebounds on the season, will also not play in the Bakersfield game.

Thursday's loss moved the Aggies a game behind Utah Valley for first place in the WAC standings.

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