All it took was a fire alarm and evacuating the building to get the New Mexico Lobos started Friday night.
When it was done, UNM walked away with a 91-54 victory.
With 8:24 left in the game, the fire alarm went off in The Pit. The building was emptied and the teams went to their lockerooms with New Mexico holding a 66-48 lead. According to UNM officials, the smoke detector in the kitchen was set off by excess smoke.
After about 24 minutes, fans were allowed back into the building, the two teams warmed up again and the game resume. In that last 8:24, the Lobos outscored the Lancers 25-6, turning a lopsided game into a rout.
``We should have pulled the alarm a little quicker,'' said UNM coach Steve Alford. ``We were a pretty good team after the fire alarm.''
The Lobos had only six turnovers. They finished with a 31-1 scoring advantage off turnovers.
The play by the Lobos was pretty ugly in the first half. They made just four of their first 14 shots, and one of those was a dunk. They were moving like they were running in deep mud, which was almost understandable since they were coming off exam week.
``I'd say we were flat,'' said UNM freshman Kendall Williams. ``The first half was not up to our standards.''
The Lobos managed a 39-29 halftime lead with the help of a couple of threes by Williams. He finished with a game-high 20 points and had six assists to go with no turnovers. Williams hit all three 3-pointers he shot.
Albuquerque's Chad Adams, a sophomore from Highland High, had a career-high 15 points, going 7-for-9 from the floor. Phillip McDonald scored 12 but hit only 4 of 11.
Longwood, a former women's teacher's college in rural southern Virginia, is 3-9 with losses at Kansas and Seton Hall and a game at Colorado coming up next.
At 8-1, the Lobos have one more pushover on Sunday against The Citadel before getting down to serious business with a tougher schedule starting next week in Las Vegas.
New Mexico will have Drew Gordon available Sunday for his first game. He is a 6-foot-9 transfer from UCLA who is expected to have an instant impact, but he will not start against The Citadel.