Talk about upsets. New Mexico not only beat taller, quicker Nevada-Las Vegas 72-70, but also got its biggest plays from the smallest man on the court—5'10" Phil Smith, the game's leading scorer with 26 points. Smith saved the win with a well-planned, last-second steal off Guard Larry Anderson. "I was ready for him," said Smith. "When he had to turn around to face the basket, that was my chance." Equally well planned was New Mexico's second-half offense. The Lobos went into a spread and made 16 of 20 shots from the floor, most of them layups, and 7 of 9 from the line.
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