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Hurd praised the coaches for both teams.

“The situation could have been much worse if it had not been for outstanding effort of both the New Mexico State and Utah Valley coaching staffs,” Hurd said. “They were instrumental in separating their student-athletes from what could have been an even uglier situation.”

Before the WAC weighed in on additional penalties, New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies suspended Ross-Miller indefinitely pending the WAC’s decision. The junior starter averages 8.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

“No matter what provoked K.C. 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,” Menzies said in a statement Friday.

The game between the WAC co-leaders at the UCCU center was attended by a season-high 4,954 fans.

Ross-Miller issued a statement apologizing for his actions.

“I have way more respect for the university, my teammates and coaches to retaliate in such a terrible way,” he said. “I know better to let my opponents and emotions get the best of me and I regret doing what I did, not only because it was stupid and selfish, but because of the situation that I have created for my team, coaches and the university.

The Wolverines issued a brief statement via Twitter: “The incident following Thursday’s game was an unfortunate and sour endnote to an otherwise brilliant performance by both teams.” The team referred all further inquiries to the WAC.

Utah Valley (17-10, 11-3) is atop the WAC standings going into Saturday’s home game against Texas Pan-American. New Mexico State (21-9, 10-4) visits Bakersfield on Saturday.