State Roundup 02-03-11

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Fire restrictions are lifted at The Pit

ALBUQUERQUE — Chow down, Lobo fans. State Fire Marshall John Standefer has lifted temporary fire restrictions at The Pit.
Although the fire detection and sprinkler systems have worked since a $60 million renovation was completed before the season, the arena’s smoke removal system has been tested for several months.
New Mexico senior associate athletics director Tim Cass says administrators are pleased by Standefer’s decision. Cass says The Pit has never been safer.
The fire marshal’s approval will allow the arena to offer french fries and chicken strips at concession stands. No cooking was allowed while the smoke removal system was being tested.
Problems with the system caused the arena to be evacuated during a game earlier this season. Another game was evacuated when someone pulled a fire alarm.

Lobo women come back late to top Falcons

ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team trailed almost 19 minutes in the second half before rallying in the final minutes to grab a 64-59 Mountain West Conference win over Air Force Wednesday night.
The Falcons led the entire half and heading into the final minute, before turning the ball over on a shot-clock violation that led to a driving layup at the 1:03 mark by UNM’s Jasmine Patterson to hand the Lobos their first lead of the half, 60-59.
Amanda Best had a big game for the Lobos with 15 points, eight assists and nine rebounds.
“That’s a heck of a night for anybody,” said Lobo coach Don Flanagan.