Mountain West Suspends Two Men's Basketball Student-Athletes

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Air Force freshman guard Matt Mooney and Colorado State senior forward J.J. Avila have each been issued a one-game suspension for their involvement in an incident during the Colorado State at Air Force men's basketball contest on Saturday, Jan. 10.

Mooney was assessed the penalty for striking an opponent and receiving an ejection for fighting, which carries an automatic one-game suspension under NCAA Basketball Playing Rule 10, Section 5. Avila was assessed the penalty for physical abuse of an opponent, as well as actions which either provoked conflict or involved retaliation, in violation of NCAA Basketball Playing Rule 10, Section 5, Articles 2 and 4. The conduct of both individuals also violated Sections 4.2-a. and 4.4.1 of Mountain West Rule 4 – Sportsmanship.

Mooney will be prohibited from participating in Air Force’s next men’s basketball game, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14 at New Mexico. Avila will be prohibited from participating in Colorado State’s next men’s basketball game, which is also scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 14, at home vs. Nevada.

The MW expressed appreciation for the support of the MW Sportsmanship Policy by the Air Force and Colorado State administrations. The Mountain West will have no further comment regarding this case. The provisions of the MW Sportsmanship Policy can be found in Rule 4 of the MW Handbook – which can be accessed via the TheMW.com website.