When you think of New Mexico vs. New Mexico State you think of the Rio Grande rivalry and rivalries are usually competitive and sometimes bring out some bad components of team's fans.
On Sunday, New Mexico State fans showed that despite the rivalry there's still room for respect they remained silent as Lobo junior forward Devon Williams laid motionless on the floor after being hit on the neck chasing a loose ball. When Williams was finally removed from the court on a stretcher, Aggie fans cheered in an act of support for the injured Lobo. It turns out that this moment would be Williams last in a Lobo uniform.
Williams was taken to a Las Cruces area hospital after leaving the arena where he stayed overnight to receive tests on his injury. He was initially he was diagnosed with a spinal cord bruise but he found out Wednesday that he actually has congenital spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal colum because of the condition Williams has been advised by doctors not to continue his basketball career. New Mexico head coach Craig Neal made the announcement Wednesday after the Lobos game against Loyola Chicago.
Williams who is a redshirt junior from Dallas, Texas, started 30 games for the Lobos in 2014-2015 he averaged 22.7 minutes 6.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. He was supposed to be one of the top contributors off the bench this year but will now be forced to watch from the sideline. Williams who is just a few credit hours away from receiving his degree will stay with UNM as an honorary coach and will stay on scholarship this year.