No. 15/14 New Mexico vs. rv/rv UNLV Post-game Quotes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/09/2010

Jan. 9, 2010

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New Mexico head coach Steve Alford:

Opening statement:
"We just have not been shooting the ball well. Everyone's talking about it. I guess our guys are listening to all of it. We didn't defend the way we needed to defend in the last 10 minutes. When you're not making shots and then all of a sudden your defense collapses a little bit, bad things happen when you're playing good teams. UNLV is a very, very good basketball team. They came in and did what they needed to do. They shot the ball at a pretty good level, and I thought they did a very good job defensively."

Positives of the game:
"I thought we drove the ball pretty well. We got to the line 31 times. So we out-shot them 31-to-11 (on free throws). We beat them 22-to-nine at the free throw line, so we outrebound them. I thought we did a lot of good things, it's just that they shot the ball better than we did."

On bench play:
"We've got a young basketball team, a very young bench. We need to keep working and developing that bench because we have got to get production from our bench. All of a sudden we're not getting that, and it's not their fault. It's an incredibly young bench that we've got to keep working on, keep getting better with."

UNLV head coach Lon Kruger:

Opening statement:
"Any time you go on the road in this atmosphere against a club that is playing as well as New Mexico, to get a win feels awfully good. I am proud of the guys. They hung in there. Much like the BYU game, they would edge out a little bit and then come back and then edge back out. They finished it much better that they did on Wednesday, obviously. I am really happy for the guys. It was a good win in a tough place against a good team."

"The guys made a lot of good plays for each other. Kendall (Wallace) obviously made some big shots (7-10 3-pointers) to widen the lead a little bit. A lot of guys made big plays and were much more aggressive."

On schedule to open the conference season:
"It was real tough. BYU has been playing great. New Mexico has been playing great. I was real disappointed appropriately for what we didn't do at BYU, but, again, a huge win today. Now we've got to go home and protect the home court. That is always key especially with the way San Diego State has been playing."

On establishing a lead to start the game:
"The guys made good plays and opened the lead right off the bat. It is huge anytime you do that on the road. To play up 10 on the road is nice. It is a great way to start. Team is learning about itself every game. They realize more and more what each guy is going to give, what each guy is going to bring."