Brigham young's Stan Watts, who normally regards defense as a form of passive resistance, played it even looser than usual against New Mexico. His three big men just jammed the middle while his guards got on their marks for the break. It worked beautifully and BYU beat the Lobos 70-67. But the Cougars had already clinched the Western AC title the night before, smashing Wyoming 102-87, while UTAH was upsetting New Mexico 78-76 at Salt Lake City.
San Francisco, warming up for the NCAA regional at Provo, trounced Pepperdine 100-76 and Loyola of Los Angeles 100-72.