Suspension ends for New Mexico State's Nelson

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico State junior forward Tyrone Nelson rejoined the team Saturday, four days after being suspended by coach Reggie Theus for disciplinary reasons.

Nelson, the Aggies' leading scorer last season, has been suspended by Theus twice since August. He was briefly suspended from the team two months ago while the school looked into allegations that he robbed a pizza delivery man. The delivery man identified him as a suspect, but a university committee that looked into the allegations found there was no evidence that Nelson was involved in the crime.

When Theus suspended Nelson on Tuesday, he said it had nothing to do with the pizza case. Theus would not provide details on what Nelson did to get suspended.

"It is important that people understand that this situation is team related and has no connection to any other issue," Theus said. "No player on this team is bigger than the team itself and our players need to understand that."

Theus said Saturday that Nelson was back in good standing.

"Tyrone had a list of things he had to accomplish before he could return to practice and he took care of what he needed to do," Theus said. "Tyrone actually doubled up on what he needed to do so he could return sooner and that was great to see."

Nelson, from Hempstead, Texas, was a first team All-WAC performer last season. He averaged 17.8 points and 8.7 rebounds a game.