Mike Smith of Brigham Young scored 25 points, many of them on passes from Texas-El Paso's Tim Hardaway, as the West took a big early lead and rolled to a 150-111 victory over the East Thursday night in the NABC All-Star Game.
Hardaway, UTEP's all-time leading scorer, finished with 17 points and eight assists. He was named the game's most valuable player.Defense was hard to find in the run-and-gun contest, which is sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and features some of the country's top seniors.
The West, coached by Lute Olson of Arizona, scored 13 straight points to open up a 42-19 lead midway through the first half.
Barry Goheen of Vanderbilt scored five and Mike Higgins of Northern Colorado four during the West outburst.
The East, coached by Oklahoma's Billy Tubbs, cut the lead to 68-58 behind the inside play of 6-foot-11 Cliff Robinson of Connecticut. But the West boosted the margin back to 15 by halftime and never was seriously threatened.
The 6-10 Smith, who averaged 26.4 points per game as a senior, was 9 of 13 from the field, 6 of 7 in the first half.
Higgins and Leonard Taylor of California each scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the West. Goheen, added to the West roster this week when Pooh Richardson of UCLA withdrew, added 17 points.
Robinson and Mike Ansley of Alabama topped the East with 16 points apiece. Jeff Lebo of North Carolina and Dyron Nix of Tennessee each added 14.