UNM basketball player apparently commits suicide, police say

Updated: August 28, 2003, 2:59 PM ET

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A New Mexico basketball player was found dead Thursday of an apparent suicide, police said.

The body of sophomore Patrick Feeney, a transfer from Portland State, was discovered hanging outdoors in downtown Albuquerque, Police Chief Gil Gallegos said. He would not give any other details but said there was no evidence of foul play.

Basketball coach Ritchie McKay said Feeney told him early Thursday morning that he was going home to deal with some personal issues. McKay would not go into further detail about the conversation.

Feeney, 6-foot-10, transferred to New Mexico after the 2001-02 season and would have been eligible to play for the Mountain West Conference Lobos in the upcoming season. He was expected to see action at both the guard and forward positions.

As a freshman at Portland State, he averaged 8.5 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game.

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