NMSU guard recovering from stab wounds

New Mexico State guard Makhtar Diop is recovering from surgery on stab wounds to his stomach after being attacked with a beer bottle early Saturday, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.

The paper reported the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, but it was undoubtedly a scary incident for the 6-foot-6 walk-on to go through at a local night club.

From the report:

Trujillo said police were told that the suspect, an unidentified man, became riled with either the way Diop was dancing, or with whom he was dancing, and started a fight with him. Diop was struck over the head with a beer bottle and stabbed multiple times in his abdomen with the broken glass, Trujillo said.

Investigators learned that when the bottle broke over Diop's head, flying shards of glass struck the 31-year-old woman's left eye. The unidentified woman was not involved in the fight and was merely a bystander, Trujillo said.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5 feet,10 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a blue plaid shirt and blue jeans. He is believed to have left the bar parking lot in a white Ford Explorer.

A $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect has been offered.

Diop has played in seven games during his three years at New Mexico State, a team that is expected to make a run at an NCAA tournament bid out of the WAC.

For now, teammate Wendell McKines sends his best wishes, and there has to be relief as well as Diop is on the mend.