UNM-NMSU games canceled in wake of shooting
The University of New Mexico said Tuesday that its 2 men’s basketball games against competing New Mexico State will not be played this season, a choice that can be found in the wake of a shooting over the weekend including one Aggies player.The teams had been scheduled to play in Albuquerque this past Saturday and after that in Las Cruces on Dec. 3. Mike Peake, a beginning power forward for the Aggies, was shot
early Saturday after being”drawn”to the University of New Mexico campus– where NMSU was scheduled to play that night– by four students there, state police said earlier this week. An altercation then took place, and Peake shot and eliminated Brandon Travis, the 19-year-old who shot him initially.Saturday’s game in Albuquerque was delayed hours after the shooting, and New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nunez stated Tuesday it won’t be comprised.”The decision for our part, while we would enjoy to have our basketball teams contending, the Lobos and the Aggies, we felt at this time, that there required to be a time out,”he said.Nunez stated in a news conference that the cancellation of the home game likely will cost UNM somewhat
under $500,000. “As much as it harms economically for us, it’s the right thing to do,” he said.No other sports in between the schools will be affected.Peake was hospitalized due to the fact that of a gunshot wound after the shooting.