OREM, Utah (AP) â€” New Mexico State’s K.C. Ross-Miller hurled the ball at Utah Valley’s Holton Hunsaker seconds after the Wolverines’ 66-61 overtime victory over the Aggies, triggering a wild brawl that involved fans who came on the court.
Ross-Miller picked up the ball at midcourt and fired it at Hunsaker â€” the son of Utah Valley coach Dick Hunsaker â€” from close range, hitting him in the leg.
New Mexico State’s D.K. Eldridge was in the middle of the scrum before he was dragged away by Aggies coaches as order was restored.
The brawl marred Utah Valley’s victory in the showdown of Western Athletic Conference co-leaders.
Ben Aird scored 21 points, and Keawe Enos hit clutch free throws for Utah Valley.
Enos hit three free throws with 4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and hit four more in the last 11 seconds of overtime. He finished with 11 points for the Wolverines (17-10, 11-3), and Zach Nelson added 10.
Daniel Mullings led the Aggies (21-9, 10-4) with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Sim Bhullar had 10 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks.
Utah Valley closed regulation with an 8-1 run over the last 2Â½ minutes.
Eldridge’s 3-pointer put New Mexico State up 56-55 with 3:26 left in overtime, but Utah Valley scored seven straight, four from Aird, who had six in overtime.