New Mexico State men's basketball will not play New Mexico this season

Jason Groves
Las Cruces Sun-News
Nate Pryor (3) goes to the hoop for the game winning basket as the New Mexico State Aggies face off against the University of New Mexico Lobos at The Pit in Albuquerque on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021.

LAS CRUCES - There will not be Rio Grande Rivalry men's basketball games this season.

University of New Mexico Director of Athletics Eddie Nunez said on Tuesday that the schools will not play this year following a deadly shooting in Albuquerque on Saturday that left a UNM student dead and Aggies basketball player shot in an early morning shooting on the UNM campus.

Saturday's game will not be rescheduled and the Lobos will not play at New Mexico State on Dec. 3, Nunez said.

"We want to have healthy competition," Nunez said. "My No. 1 priority is the student athletes and their safety an coaches and everyone else in our events."

Nunez said NM State athletics director Mario Moccia supported cancelling the rivalry games this year in men's basketball. NM State did not have an answer whether or not the teams would play this season in a Question and Answer the school released on Monday.

Nunez said the NM State women's game at UNM on Dec. 11 will be played.

Moccia and Chancellor Dan Arvizu are scheduled to speak with media on Wednesday afternoon.

"He also supported the concern of playing the game down at NMSU and being able to provide the necessary support for student athletes, coaches and fans," Nunez said.

"We felt at this time, there needed to be a pause. There is still a lot of anxiety and concerns in the community to make sure they take precedent."