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Student Fee Review Board members couldn’t agree over whether a video camera should be allowed to record applicant hearings, so undergraduate and graduate members held separate sessions over the weekend. ASUNM board members met in one room of the College of Education Building, while GPSA board members deliberated next door. GPSA Grants Committee Chair Katie Richardson said separate hearings sessions could be bad for the student body as a whole. “I think the two student groups have more in common, and if we don’t find a way to work together the student body will suffer,” Richardson said. Both sides of the SFRB will host a town-hall meeting today to gain student input on student fee allocation. Some student groups requested funding this year for the first time since other avenues of funding are drying up. Parking and Transportation Services requested student fees for the first time because the free bus pass program is in danger of being cut. It asked for $100,000 to keep the program running. Student Health and Counseling historically requests the largest amount of money from student fees. This year it requested more than $4 million. The Athletics Department requested the next largest sum at $1.8 million. Tim Cass, associate director for athletics and administration, said athletics makes 85 percent of its budget through sources such as ticket sales. “We are the top self-generating school in our league,” Cass said. Michael Thorning, ASUNM chief of staff, asked the athletics panel about what the department is doing in response to the recent media attention concerning athletes and coaches. Henry Villegas, manager of academic advisement for athletes, said the media has portrayed UNM athletes and coaches in a negative light recently. He said the media writes only negative stories. “Any time something like that happens, it is the front-page story,” Villegas said. “But if you look at the over 3,000 hours of community service, there is no one out there covering those things.”

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Laurisa Galvan / Daily Lobo Drew Gordon holds his head in disbelief during the Lobos’ game against Utah on Saturday at the Pit. Gordon set a Mountain West Conference record with 23 rebounds, but the Utes scored at the buzzer and beat the Lobos 62-60. See page 12 for full story.

Flintco denies foul Business play in Pit contract students by Barron Jones

bjones36@unm.edu A lawsuit filed in January alleges UNM unethically awarded the $60 million Pit renovation project to an Oklahama-based contractor, but the contractor says it is not responsible for UNM’s actions. The lawsuit, filed by the New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council and The Local Electrical and Iron Workers Union, alleges contracting company Flintco was given the construction management contract for the Pit because of its relationship with UNM President David Schmidly. The complaint accuses Flintco of hiring Schmidly’s son, Brian Schmidly, as the new business development manager in exchange for the contract. Flintco released a statement Feb. 7 saying the lawsuit is nothing more than a meritless attack on the company. “This action is clearly frivolous, clearly vexatious or brought primarily for the purpose of harassment,” the statement said. In the statement, Flintco denied the allegations and said it did not authorize or sanction unlawful actions alleged in the lawsuit. Flintco Vice President Ken Easley said the Board of Regents determined hiring Brian Schmidly was not a conflict of interest, “In our first interview, Brian did disclose his relationship with Presi-

dent Schmidly,” Easley said in an email. “However, we didn’t think his family connection should disqualify him. It was up to the board to decide if there was a conflict of interest. They did not. This is documented in the January public minutes of the regents meeting.”

“We are actually suing on behalf of the University, not against it.” ~John Wertheim Attorney Four UNM officials and one outside architect scored each bidding company to determine which was most qualified to receive the contract. The lawsuit claims all UNM officials’ scores were scratched off and recalculated to reflect Flintco as the winning bidder over Bradbury Stamm and Jaynes Corp. However, Jaynes Corp. scored higher than Flinto and underbid it by $2.2 million, according to the lawsuit. The score sheets in question were filled out by Athletics Vice President Paul Krebs, then-Facility Management Vice President William Turner, UNM Architect Roger Lujan and Facility Project Officer Miguel Hidalgo. The fifth evaluation sheet did

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Several UNM students are one step closer to realizing their small business dreams after winning a campus-wide entrepreneurship contest. Anderson School of Management hosted its first annual Entrepreneurial Challenge on Friday. Fifteen student teams presented business ideas to a panel of judges, all of whom were local entrepreneurs. Challenge Director Sul Kassicieh said the competition was designed for students to contribute to the local economy. He said, for the past six years, the school has offered the Technology Business Plan Competition, which supports technology business ventures. But this competition accepts a wider range of ideas. “We feel that this country’s strength is in our ability to start new businesses,” he said. “The more we can start, the better it is for jobs and creating wealth. So it really is to help the economic development of New

Mexico.” Teams proposed businesses including a late-night dessert bar, a mobile marketing company and a drive-thru coffee shop with bikiniclad baristas. Five student teams received cash prizes to help them start their businesses in the Albuquerque area. Students Olena Dziuba and Robert Shaw received the first-place cash prize of $7,500 for their social networking site for amateur musicians. Steven Lang and Sam Caswell received the second-place cash prize of $5,000 for their television marketing service and third prize went to Paul Aitken for a student taxi/shuttle service. Lang and Caswell said the competition prepared them for future business proposal presentations. The competition was designed to give business students more handson experience, Kassicieh said. “A lot of times when we go to school we tend to focus on just studying, and then maybe finding a job,” he said. “But this gave them the opportunity to take it to the next step. It really gets them to start thinking about issues that are beyond that pure idea.” Student competitor Alex Moine, who proposed a hot dog stand for the downtown area, didn’t win a prize but said that the competition was a learning experience for him. “I never realized how much goes into a business plan — how much time and thought,” he said. He’s interested in making his proposal a reality. “I’ve decided that, regardless, I’m going to find a way to get a loan and do it,” he said. “I think it would be a good idea to help myself and New Mexicans.”

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A police officer in Concepcion, Chile, walks in front of a university protest Dec. 6. 2010. Officers patrol the campus because violent protests often break out around the university. It’s not uncommon for protesters to throw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police and for police to shoot water cannons and tear gas into crowds. Classes at the university typically remain in session during the protests.

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Editor, The UNM chapter of Nourish International is in its first year, but it’s off to a great start. Nourish aims to combat global poverty one community at a time. Nourish International at UNM is partnering with Casa de la Mujer, an organization in Nicaragua, to build and repair houses that are sold to women heads-of-household at little cost. Among several fundraising methods, we are competing in the Nourish Challenge at GlobalGiving.org. If we win, our project receives additional funding that will increase its impact. We are currently in second place, just behind founding chapter University of North Carolina and significantly ahead of Stanford University, which is in third. This is a high achievement, and UNM should be proud. Everyone is encouraged to check out our project and donate. With the assistance of the UNM community, we can win this and better help families in need. Go to GlobalGiving.org and type “UNM Nourish” in the search bar. Sam Waggoner UNM Student

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Daily Lobo Guest Columnist Just a couple of months ago, I was riding my motorcycle on Stanford Drive heading south one block from UNM when an oncoming car veered into my side of the street. I could clearly see the driver was too busy texting to notice he was driving head-on toward me. My options were to stop and hope he saw me before he hit me, or swerve to the left side of the street and hope he didn’t over-correct when he saw he was about to hit a parked car. I decided to slow to a crawl and got ready to jump onto his hood when he hit me. Fortunately, he did see me just seconds before his front bumper hit my front wheel. He mouthed the word “sorry” as he peevishly used the full extent of his turning radius to swerve away. We read about wrong-way drivers and head-on collisions all the time in New Mexico. There was another one just last week. But when we read about these collisions, we are usually reading about people whose blood alcohol level is two or three times the legal limit. But because cyclists and motorcyclists aren’t SUV huge or visible, and because they are considerably more vulnerable, we tend to be aware of inattentive drivers, regardless of why they aren’t paying attention to us on the road. Even before the cellular phone era, twowheelers were concerned with people reading the paper, putting on makeup and/or screaming at their children in the back seat. Not so much any more.

Today, we’re concerned about the number of drivers paying attention to their touch screens instead of paying attention to their driving and actively looking for us. You just have to watch the news to see that in recent years bicyclists and motorcyclists have suffered at the hands of inattentive fourwheel drivers. In the UNM-area, I personally encounter at least one motorist every week who turns too wide, swerves into my lane or simply doesn’t see me until it’s almost too late. Usually, it’s because he or she won’t let go of that cell phone.

I could clearly see the driver was too busy texting to notice he was driving head on toward me. The ubiquitousness and imminent danger of driver cell phone use, even texting, leads to careless, inattentive driving. This has become alarmingly clear to both two-wheeled communities. This past Saturday, 150 two-wheelers of both varieties rallied in Santa Fe to support bills intended to make us safer. Rick Miera’s (D-Albuquerque) HB 68 increases the penalties for drivers who kill or create “great bodily harm” in a collision. Although this bill does not specifically mention bicycles or motorcycles, the likelihood of serious injury or death when bigger vehicles hit less-protected two-wheelers makes this a law we hope will encourage four-or-more wheeled motorists to look more attentively for those of us who take up less road.

Similarly, HB 197, sponsored by Antonio Lujan (D-Doña Ana County), does not specifically mention motorcycles or bicycles, but prohibits texting while driving. Texting while driving is more dangerous to two-wheelers than drinking while driving, and is disproportionately injurious to twowheelers. It behooves those of us who ride on public streets to support its passage. The final two bills of concern to two-wheelers specifically mention bicyclists. Peter Wirth’s (D-Santa Fe) SB 124 is a law that is currently in place in Albuquerque but is long overdue in the rest of the state. It mandates a safe passing zone of five feet around a bicyclist. This makes sense, especially in rural back roads where fast drivers lose their peripheral depth perception from tunnel vision, and in urban areas where bike lanes often double as wide side-view-mirror lanes. As a motorcyclist, I would love the same protection. Miguel Garcia’s (D-South Valley) HB 259 and its companion bill SB 382, sponsored by Eric Griego (D–South Valley), would allow bicyclists to legally roll through stop signs after pausing to look both ways. As a longtime bicycling advocate, I have mixed feeling about separate-but-equal rules. As an avid cyclist, I understand the extra energy it takes to accelerate back up to speed from a full stop. Frankly, I think the bicycling community would be well-served by a law that gives us a little leeway at stop signs. Laws intended for all vehicles that share the road too often favor the four-wheeled, larger kind of motor vehicle. It’s high time that our lawmakers up at the Round House pay more attention to human-powered and motorized two-wheeled vehicles — even if it’s to give those of us pedaling as fast as we can a break at stop signs.

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Colo. sets rule for driving on pot Ivan Moreno

Associated Press DENVER — The surge of medical marijuana use in Colorado has started another debate in the state Legislature: What constitutes driving while high? Lawmakers are considering setting a DUI blood-content threshold for marijuana that would make Colorado one of three states with such a provision in statute — and one of the most liberal, according to Rep. Claire Levy, one of the bill’s sponsors. Under the proposal, drivers who test positive for 5 nanograms or more of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, would be considered too impaired to drive if the substance is present in their blood at the time they’re pulled over or within two hours. Levy, a Democrat from Boulder, said she’s gotten resistance from medical marijuana advocates who fear it will restrict patients from using the drug. “What I’ve tried to assure the patient advocates is that we’re not talking about sobriety checkpoints, we’re not talking about dragnets and massive stops,” she said. “They’re not going to be stopped if they’re driving appropriately.” While it’s already illegal to drive while impaired by drugs, states have taken different approaches to the issue. Twelve states, including Arizona, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Rhode Island, have a zero-tolerance policy for driving with any presence of an illegal substance, said Anne Teigen, policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Minnesota has the same policy but exempts marijuana. Nevada, which is among the 16 states that allow medical marijua-

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“My only concern is that, because medical marijuana is controversial, that we’re entering a new phase of not racial profiling but medical profiling,” said Sean McAllister, an attorney at Denver’s Cannabis Law Center. McAllister was on a state panel that recommended the 5-nanogram standard, which he said is a fair judge of impairment for most users. Not all marijuana advocates agree. “We’re concerned the nanogram limit is too low because most medical marijuana patients are going to have higher levels in their bloodstream because of their continued use of medical cannabis,” said Laura Kriho, a spokeswoman with the Cannabis Therapy Institute in Colorado. Rep. Mark Waller, a Republican who is sponsoring House Bill 1261 with Rep. Levy, said their proposal is meant to set a THC-blood level at which someone is presumed to be too impaired to drive. “It’s a rebuttable presumption, though,” said Waller, adding that drivers won’t be automatically guilty of a DUI and will still get a chance to argue their case. The bill is yet to come before a committee for a hearing, but Levy said she’s already getting a lot of comments from medical marijuana users. “I’m getting a lot of pushback, a lot of concern that this will hinder the ability of medical marijuana patients to make use of their medicine,” Levy said. She said the bill is about safety, not targeting people who use pot for medical purposes. “I’m very supportive of medicinal use of marijuana,” Levy said. “You just can’t allow people to be driving when they’re high.”

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The LGBTQ Resource Center, which received its start-up costs from student fees last year, asked this year for more than $130,000 to keep the center alive. The center is funded completely by student fees. The hearings were originally scheduled for last month, but SFRB Chair and ASUNM President Laz Cardenas motioned to postpone them pending a University Counsel ruling on whether the board had to allow the meetings to be recorded. GPSA board members supported having the hearings recorded, and video recorded hearings over the weekend. ASUNM members opposed video recording, and video cameras were prohibited at its session. Last month’s joint hearings were recorded, and ASUNM board members gave student groups a chance to present again if they felt uncomfortable about the camera. ASUNM Sen. Heidi Overton said none of the student groups asked to present again. Richardson said all the groups were given prior notification that the GPSA hearings would be video recorded, and each group showed up for the hearing despite the camera. GPSA did not allow groups

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na, and Ohio have a 2 nanogram THC limit for driving. Pennsylvania has a 5 nanogram limit, but that’s a state Health Department guideline, which can be introduced in driving violation cases, Teigen said. Don Christensen, the executive director of the County Sheriffs of Colorado, which supports the 5 nanogram THC blood-content benchmark, said he thinks it’s a fair way for law enforcement and the public to know how much marijuana you can consume while legally being able to drive — just as there’s a limit with alcohol. “I think it’s fair to tell them the rules to be played by,” he said. Levy said the amount of marijuana needed to reach the 5 nanogram threshold is hard to quantify, but from what she’s been told, “You would have to have smoked some very potent marijuana and immediately be stopped and have your blood tested in order to achieve that 5-nanogram level.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, peak THC concentrations are present during the act of smoking and they generally fall to less than 5 nanograms within three hours. Pot activists, including the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, say they hope marijuana DUIs are not based solely on the amount of the drug that is found in someone’s system, but rather on the totality of the case, such as how the person was driving and other observations an officer makes. They argue that medical users of the drug may have higher tolerance levels which would allow them to drive or still have trace levels of THC long after they’ve smoked the drug. Some also worry that medical users may be unfairly targeted.

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that presented last month to present again. Alma Rosa Silva-Bañuelos, program coordinator for the LGBTQ Resource Center, attended the hearings with about 13 students, volunteers and supporters. Silva-Bañuelos said she didn’t mind presenting her request twice. “We still have some of our strong supporters that were able to show up,” she said. “They’ve been ready to show up the first time, the second time, and now they’re ready here to be with us and support us.”

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not show signs of recalculations, the lawsuit said. Attorney John Wertheim, who represents the labor unions filing the suit, said Flintco’s hiring of Schimdly’s son is at the center of the fraud allegations. “I do think the allegations in the complaint speak for themselves and I think they clearly need to get to the bottom of what went on,” Wertheim said. “It is the purpose of the lawsuit to shed light

on the contract bidding process in New Mexico and UNM.” Wertheim said UNM paid at least $2.2 million more than it should have for the Pit renovation, and the lawsuit looks to put that money back in the University’s budget. “They (Flintco) are the ones that benefited financially. That’s our allegation,” Wertheim said. “We are actually suing on behalf of the University, not against it.”

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Announcement of Spring 2011 Election Are you considering running for GPSA President or Council Chair? Candidate forms are now available online at: www.unm.edu/~gpsa/com_elections.shtml Eligibility Requirements: x Current enrollment in a graduate program at UNM x Complete election forms, located in the GPSA office or website Candidates are encouraged to attend debates for each of the above positions. Forms must be returned to: GPSA Office, SUB # 1021 Completed candidate forms must be returned no later than

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Special Ballot Initiative: Ratification of GPSA Constitution A special ballot initiative is scheduled to be introduced at the February Council and to be voted on at the March Council meeting. February 26 - SUB Ballroom A, 9 am - Noon March 26 - Domenici West Building Room 2112, 9 am - Noon All finalized ballot initiatives passed by the March Council meeting will be placed on the ballot.

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Monday, April 4 – Thursday, April 7, 2011 All currently enrolled graduate and professional students will be eligible to vote. To access the ballot you will be required to login using your UNM NetID and password. If you have question or concerns, please contact: Matthew Rush, Elections Chair: voteGPSA@unm.edu


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AP Photo U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman announces his retirement from public service as his wife, Anne, looks on, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in Albuquerque, N.M. The 67-year-old Democrat announced Friday that he would retire after the end of his current term, which ends in two years. The decision was the latest in a string of departures to hit congressional Democrats as they head to the 2012 elections.

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Heinrich considers Senate seat Associated Press Democratic U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich said Sunday he’s considering running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman announced Friday he will not seek re-election in 2012 when his fifth term in the Senate expires. Since Bingaman’s announcement, many constituents and friends across the state have asked Heinrich if he will run for the Senate, said the congressman, who won a second term in November to represent New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District covering Albuquerque and surrounding areas. “I have not yet made a decision, but together with my wife Julie, I plan to actively consider running,” Heinrich said in a statement on his Facebook page that also was released to the media.

He said he will base his decision on whether he believes he can best serve New Mexico in the House or in the Senate. Other Democrats said Friday they had not ruled out a run for the Senate seat by former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, Attorney General Gary King and former Attorney General Patricia Madrid. Republicans would not speculate on who might seek Bingaman’s seat from the GOP ranks in two years, but state Republican Party Chairman Monty Newman said, “Our bench is going to be broad and deep.” State Democrats said they will have an “incredibly strong bench of candidates to draw from,” and Bingaman said he was certain the Democrats would hang on to his seat. When Heinrich, a former Albuquerque city councilor, won the 1st District seat in 2008, he shifted the 1st Congressional District to the

Democrats’ column for the first time since it was created in 1968. The 1st District seat was open in 2008 because incumbent Republican Heather Wilson opted to run for a U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Pete Domenici rather than seek re-election to the House. All three of New Mexico’s House members — Wilson, Republican Steve Pearce of the 2nd District and Democrat Tom Udall of the 3rd District — ran for Domenici’s seat. Pearce defeated Wilson in the Republican primary but lost the general election to Udall. In 2010, Heinrich outspent GOP challenger Jon Barela nearly 2-to-1 in the 1st District. Outside interests dumped about $3.8 million into the race that year, with nearly $2.4 million spent against Heinrich and $1 million opposing Barela. About $400,000 went to support the candidates.

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“The message was one of Christian marriage, which the Bible teaches is between a man and a woman,” Looy told the newspaper. He noted that the museum welcomes all visitors during regular hours. Sonka said he has visited the museum twice before without incident. Looy defended the decision not to allow the two men in and cited a blog post that Sonka wrote in January, encouraging readers to raise money to send a “flamboyantly gay” couple to the event. “We are not going to allow anyone to come to a private event and be disruptive,” Looy told the newspaper. “It’s not fair to the other people who also paid to attend the event. We welcome anyone to come to the Creation Museum during regular business hours because we want all people to be exposed to our message.”

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PETERSBURG, Ky.— A progressive blogger and another man who tried to go to a special event at Kentucky’s Creation Museum said they were denied admission because they told security that they were a same-sex couple. The men bought tickets online for a Date Night event on Feb. 11 at the privately funded Petersburg museum, which shows visitors a literal interpretation of the Bible depicting how the world was created in six days about 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. Both museum officials and the men denied admission agree that they weren’t let in and not reimbursed the $71.90 cost for the tickets. They differ on whether it was clear beforehand that men without female companions would be turned away.

The event included dinner, musical performances and a talk from museum founder Ken Ham about love and the biblical view of marriage. One of the men who was denied admission, Joe Sonka, is the writer of a blog called Barefoot and Progressive. He has previously criticized the museum and its founder, as well as the idea of giving public tax breaks for a proposed theme park the museum’s backers want to build based on the biblical story of Noah’s ark. Sonka wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press that neither he nor the other man denied entry is gay. He said he was curious to hear the museum’s founder speak and if they would admit a same-sex couple. Museum spokesman Mark Looy told The Kentucky Enquirer that the promotional material for the Date Night made it clear the event was for heterosexual couples only.

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year losing streak, and came the week of the 10th anniversary of Dale Earnhardt’s fatal accident on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. This was only the fourth win in last 20 years for Wood Brothers, which hasn’t run a full Sprint Cup season since 2006. And there were no plans to do so with Bayne, who drove in the Daytona 500 on a loaner from RoushFenway Racing. Bayne came onto the NASCAR scene in late 2009 with Michael Waltrip Racing but bolted

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rtomari@unm.edu In their final battle as conference rivals, the Utah Utes hit the UNM men’s basketball team the hardest. The Lobos, who were up as many as 13 points in the second half, never allowed the Utes to have the lead — at least until the final buzzer. As the buzzer expired, Utah’s Chris Hines hit an NBA-like 3-pointer to defeat the Lobos 62-60 at The Pit. “I knew we needed a shot up, UTAH 62 and I had to get it off,” Hines said. UNM 60 “The shot felt good. There are no words to explain it. We are building and it is a good confidence booster.” UNM head coach Steve Alford said the loss to Utah sums up the kind of season the Lobos are having. “We’ve had good fortune the last two years of winning close games, and we just can’t win the close ones this year, and tonight was evidence of that,” he said. “We shot 35 percent in our building, so shooting continues to plague us, and we just have to find ways to improve on that.” While the game will be remembered for many years to come, the Lobos could have closed this one out easily. But poor shooting once again afflicted UNM. UNM shot a season-low 35 percent en route to its third straight loss. Despite a 21-point effort from senior guard Dairese Gary and a huge double-double performance from center Drew Gordon, the Lobos couldn’t find a way to close out the Utes, even with the Utes missing puzzle pieces. The Utes were out their two best players. Jay Watkins missed Saturday’s game because of an injury suffered earlier in the season, and Will Clyburn suffered a foot injury in Utah’s game on Wednesday. He was the team’s leading scorer with

Laurisa Galvan / Daily Lobo Alex Kirk and Tony Snell embrace during the game against Utah on Saturday at The Pit. The Lobos lost the game 62-60 due to Utah’s last-second 3-pointer after holding the lead most of the game. 18.3 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per contest. Utah head coach Jim Boylen said he was thankful that the Utes escaped with the victory in their last visit to The Pit. The Utes jump ship from the MWC to the Pac-10 starting next year. “You teach your guys in that situation to get a shot up,” Boylen said. “It was a one-point game. ...

You just got to get a shot up. Maybe you rebound it. Maybe you put it back in. We didn’t have a timeout because I burned them all, but I thought our guys did a heck of a job. Maybe it was a miracle shot.” After another loss and an emotional blow, it’s crunch time for the Lobos with four MWC games left in the season. Alford said UNM will have to

pick up the pieces from the Utah stunner and look ahead to its next opponent. “I think it’s obvious,” Alford said. “There’s nothing to be happy about in a situation like this. We just have to find ways to pick things up and see how we can get better and ready for a team like UNLV.”

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Hendrix@unm.edu Four and a half minutes into Saturday’s matchup with Utah, it was evident that UNM center Drew Gordon would have an impressive performance. Noticeably pumped up to face Utah’s two seven-foot giants (Jason Washburn and David Foster), Gordon started the game out-rebounding, out-hustling and even out-dunking everyone on the court. Gordon finished with 17 points and 23 rebounds, his seventh double-double of the season, but the Lobos dropped the contest 62-60. Gordon’s 23 rebounds are a NCAA season-high, a Mountain West Conference record and most by any player under head coach Steve Alford. But none of that mattered to Gordon, who took the blame for Saturday’s loss. “It’s all good that I accom-

plished that, but in the end we lost,” he said. “That’s what hurts the most.” It was a game that Gordon did almost everything in. He did it on the defensive, too. Gordon, a 6-foot-9-inch forward harassed the 7-foot-3-inch (Foster) and 7-foot (Washburn) centers. Both were held to a combined eight points and three boards. Gordon was perfect from the free-throw line, had an assist and recorded two blocks and a steal against the Utes. His defensive rebounding led to fast-break opportunities for the Lobos. Still, Gordon said he could’ve done more. “As great as all that is, I really feel like I lost the game,” he said. The Utes were held by the Lobos to 39 percent shooting, but were successful in the pick-androll offense, something Gordon struggled defending, especially on a key play at the end of the game.

“It’s what killed us; that’s why I missed a screen,” Gordon said. “That’s what they’d been doing well all game, so it ultimately hurt us a lot.” Alford said he acknowledged Gordon’s play — both good and bad. “Drew was really good on the backboard,” Alford said. “Pickand-roll defense is something else. But the job he did on the backboard was really good.” Gordon and the Lobos now have to rebound from this crushing loss and finish strong with four MWC games left in the regular season. Gordon said the Lobos will have to discuss their strategy and game plan before the next game. “Something is not quite clicking between us players,” he said. “Something’s not there that we need to gather and bring together in these last four games before the tournament.”

Kendal Williams drives past Utah’s Shawn Glover at the Pit on Saturday. Williams added 12 points but could do nothing to stop last-secondbuzzer-beater Chris Hines in the Lobos’ loss.

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