Thursday , Feb , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Mountain West suspends five for Wyoming/New Mexico fight

Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – The Mountain West Conference suspended
five players for their roles in a brawl at the end of New Mexico’s 91-83 win
over Wyoming in Albuquerque on Tuesday.

Wyoming’s Joseph Taylor suffered the most severe punishment, as he will sit
indefinitely for his participation in the fight, which broke out with 1:10
left in the game.

Taylor, a junior forward for the Cowboys, has averaged five points and 5.9
rebounds per game in 22 games this season.

Wyoming’s top two scorers, Brandon Ewing, who leads the MWC with 19.7 points
per game, and Brad Jones, who is averaging 16.7 ppg, were both ejected from
the game, which draws an automatic one-game suspension. The MWC added a second
game to Jones’ suspension, which the league specified will be served on March
3 when the two teams meet again in Wyoming.

New Mexico’s Jamaal Smith was also ejected from the game, and the MWC also
added a second game to his suspension, also for the rematch. The junior guard
is averaging 8.1 ppg for the Lobos.

New Mexico’s Darren Prentice was also suspended for one game. Prentice is
averaging 7.7 ppg for the Lobos.

New Mexico will be shorthanded for its February 3 game at Colorado State.
Wyoming will play without Ewing and Jones at No. 17 Air Force on February 3.