Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/05/2011

Jan. 5, 2011

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New Mexico vs. Cal State Bakersfield
Jan. 5, 2011
Head Coach Steve Alford Quotes

Opening Statement:

"Well, I am not the easiest guy to impress but that was impressive. We have been away from here for two weeks. I thought we played extremely well. We got to twelve wins again before conference. It's the first time we have played seven games away from the Pit in non-conference.

This young team has really proved themselves. I was so happy and so proud of them in the locker room. This speaks volumes for the team.

We are very excited about defending our back-to-back titles. One of the best leagues in the country, we know we've got our hands full. We have played really good basketball since Cal and I am very pleased with the outcome."

On Alex Kirk's performance:

"Alex Kirk is just a player that has really been gaining some momentum. We knew we had a special player. To have a night like this, this early, is surprising. On the bench he was just smiling because he was almost in disbelief himself. You got Drew Gordon out there and all the guys supporting him. It shows we have a very unselfish group."

On heading into conference play:

"I know a little about Wyoming and they haven't changed much since last year. They always press us and it is a difficult place to play (Wyoming). It's hard to have to play away for our first conference game."

Freshman Alex Kirk and Senior Dairese Gary

On Alex Kirk's freshman scoring record:

Kirk - "I was not aware. I just kept playing. It was open to me tonight. I did what I could. I just took the shot be cause it was open."

Gary - "It makes it easier when he is working this hard."

On heading into conference play:

Gary - "The regular season is over and now we are going to be playing even harder. I mean everybody knows you have to be ready and you need to prepare mentally and physically."

Kirk - "This game just helps me get more comfortable. We are coming together as a team. It was just our goal to come out here and gain confidence."