Dec. 22, 2003
New Mexico Head Coach Ritchie McKay:
"I guess The Pit is not so dead after all. It was a great home-court advantage for us tonight. Our fans were phenomenal and classy. We got off to a great start and are doing things the way they need to be done to build the program."
On the difference between tonight's game and the first meeting: "I didn't know what to expect tonight. I think we have a good team and we shared that. We are very unselfish and I think this was our best effort so far this season and I think that is why the score was so much in our favor."
On the Lobos' defensive effort: "We have played very well defensively the last three games, going all-man and our guys have really stepped up to the challenge. Danny's 6'9" presence makes us a better rebounding team and we matched up better this time."
On the variety of players guarding NMSU senior James Moore: "We felt like we needed to give James Moore a variety of looks. He is a guy that can beat you because he is so efficient. We didn't want him just going at Danny and getting him into foul trouble."
On the team's energy tonight: "Troy and Danny both have very composed, tough minds. Their return gives us some confidence."
New Mexico State Head Coach Lou Hensen:
On Danny Granger: "From the people that told me how good Danny Granger is, it's too bad those people can't evaluate talent, because he's better than any of them had said. He is a tremendous player. You can't stop him on the post and you can't stop him on the perimeter. Now, he's not the only one, but he is a super player, and he did a great job tonight."
"New Mexico played one of the best first half's I've seen, and definitely the best against us this season. That's about the best we could do. In the second half, we came out and played much better and hit a few shots. But they played super."
On Danny Granger and Troy DeVries: "Those two players mean a lot to that ball club. It means a lot when you can add two players of that experience and that caliber. If we added two players like that to our ball club, it would help us too. It's not like adding two players off the street - you're talking about adding two players that have been around and can really play the game. If they (UNM) keep going, they have a chance to be an excellent team this year. They have great outside shooting and an unbelievable inside attack. They're going to hurt a lot of ball clubs."
"I'm trying to remember a team (from UNM) that is going to be better than this team, and I can't think of one. That's not to put pressure on the coaching staff, but I'm just telling you they have a chance to be very good. This team can shoot outside, they can penetrate, they have good post play and they're good offensive rebounders."