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No. 15/19 New Mexico vs. Utah Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/13/2010

Feb. 13, 2010

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New Mexico Head Coach Steve Alford
"We can come into this environment and shoot 36% and win. We didn't shoot the foul shots well and we didn't shoot very well, but we held in there and did enough to take the win in the end. It was nice to take a win on the road this game."

"We are two and one here and in the one loss, they [Utah] made a shot in the corner to hit the backboard and the ball went in. So, we have played well here and all of our games against Utah have been really close and yet we have been able to win."

On not fouling in regulation:
"There was just too much time, with ten seconds left, to foul them and we really had a defensive blunder in that last ten seconds. It could have cost us too because our decision making in this game wasn't great for whatever reason. We weren't as sharp as we usually are for some reason and out of poor decision making, mostly on the offensive end, for the last ten seconds we just messed up on assignment on the floor. We wanted to switch five ways and make them shoot inside the three-point line, but all of the momentum was theirs and so for us to win in overtime, when they made the shot that put the game into overtime, doesn't happen very often."

"I have never been huge on fouling and they [Utah] are good foul shooting team and we just aren't. We went 12 for 21 tonight, so the question is, when do you foul? Both times they had enough time to get down the floor, once they had ten seconds and then nine the next, so if we foul with seven or eight on the clock and they make them and then foul us and we miss, then the shot beats us. So with that, I have never wanted to foul unless it was under four or five seconds."

Utah Head Coach Jim Boylen
"I'm really proud of my team, we battled, we battled, and fought back and just didn't quite make enough plays offensively to win the game. Obviously the tip-in by Hardeman and the offensive rebounds at the end hurt us. I'm disappointed in that, but I love the way we battled, I love the way we executed in some situations. The last play of regulation was something we had worked on and I thought we executed the heck out of it. The BLOB (baseline out-of-bounds) play underneath and Marshall makes the three. I thought we did some good things as a young group, growing and learning. I'm disappointed but I'm not discouraged. I thought we played our butts off, I was thankful our fans got into the game and got on their feet, I was proud of that. I have never been around a team that practices harder, prepares better, I thought our defense was awesome again and we're going to keep building on that and we have to get better offensively."

"Our goal was on the board, to hold them to 38% from the field. They score 74 points per game in the league and we tried to hold them to 58 and they scored 68 with overtime, so I'm really proud of this team. We're a good defensive team, we really are. You think if you can hold New Mexico to 68 points in an overtime game that you probably have a pretty good shot at winning and we just didn't score enough to do that."

"(Drca fouling out) hurt us. He was in the flow of the game and I thought we were clicking pretty good and had a pretty good rhythm offensively towards the end there and when he went out, that's a big loss."

"I thought (New Mexico) made some timely plays. Good teams, winning teams make timely plays. The Martinez three, the Hardeman tip-in, those are what good teams do. They make timely plays that are really relevant in the game and I thought they did a better job of that than us."

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