Brawl erupts after Utah Valley State defeats New Mexico State [Video]
Fans spilled onto the court and several took part in a brawl that erupted after Utah Valley State defeated New Mexico State, 66-61 in overtime, with first place on the line in a Western Athletic Conference basketball game Thursday night.
The altercation in Orem, Utah, was ignited by New Mexico State’s K.C. Ross-Miller, who threw the basketball about 20 feet downcourt in apparent frustration after the buzzer sounded, striking Utah Valley State’s Holton Hunsaker, the coach’s son.
D.K. Eldridge of New Mexico State became engulfed in a horde of students who had swarmed the court, most presumably to celebrate the victory while others took part in fisticuffs.
Video of the incident doesn’t make it particularly clear as to who first started throwing punches, but it’s apparent that many were thrown, several by Utah Valley State students and spectators.
At least one New Mexico State player tumbled to the court but coaches, administrators and security personnel separated players and fans within 30 seconds after the start of the melee.
Utah Valley State’s Keawe Enos made three free throws with 4.3 seconds left in the second half to force overtime. Ben Aird scored six of his game-high 21 points in overtime to help lift the Wolverines (17-10, 11-3) to the victory over the Aggies (21-9, 10-4).
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