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Utah Valley basketball: Wolverines get past NM State scuffle to share WAC title

In its first season in the Western Athletic Conference, the Utah Valley University Wolverines have done the unthinkable. They are going to lift at least a share of a regular season conference title.

The Utah Valley Wolverines basketball team.
Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images

The Wolverines won 45-42 over Texas Pan-American on Saturday, March 1, clinching at least some possession of a championship with New Mexico State in UVU's first season in the conference.

Many were concerned if the Wolverines would come out with the same intensity against UTPA after the unfortunate incident that took place a few days earlier when Utah Valley hosted New Mexico State.

Fans stormed the UCCU Center court in Orem, Utah after a NMSU player threw a ball at a UVU player.

A melee ensued, and it was determined later in video replays that Aggie player K.C. Ross-Miller was the person who threw a basketball at UVU guard Holton Hunsaker -- son of coach Dick Hunsaker -- after New Mexico State had lost in overtime, 66-61.

The WAC announced Saturday, March 1 that Ross-Miller is suspended for the Aggies next two WAC games for his involvement in the incident -- while his NMSU teammate Renaldo Dixon received a one-game suspension for punching a fan involved in the on-court debacle.

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

For the 12-3 Wolverines, the win over the 11-4 Aggies was huge -- as was the win over UTPA -- because it gives UVU a one-game lead over NMSU going into its last regular season game later this week against Cal-Bakersfield.

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