Dec. 8, 2007
San Diego Toreros vs. New Mexico Lobos
Post game head coach quotes
New Mexico head coach Steve Alford:
"I think when you come into a game, you've won seven in a row and then you loose two in a row you start questioning yourselves, and I was really proud of our guys bouncing back defensively. They gave a great defensive effort; this is the effort we've been given all year. Other than getting out rebounded I thought we did some good things. We took seven or eight charges which well, not a lot of teams take seven or eight charges in a game, so I thought they did a great job with that. (San Diego's) two leading scorers combined for 14 total points, so we did a good job with out two leading scorers."
"I think it was just one of those games. I told the staff we had to really be into this game because our guys have had two loses in row, we got to well them into a win. It was a game where we pretty much lead start to finish and it's hard to do at this level against anybody, especially a team that has had some very good competition and won two games in a row, had already played two of our league schools so this was a game that was going to be very important to us, just to have a measuring stick of where we are at."
San Diego head coach Bill Grier:
"Neither team could score (to start the game). It was like a pitcher's duel. It was a shut out. We missed some point-blankers and so did they. It was a combination of both poor shooting and defense. We have been kind of struggling offensively. We have had some games where we have been able to get some stops and score easy in transition. Our half-court is just not quite there yet on execution."
"We battled back and we had three true freshman on the floor. They kind of scratched and clawed. I am proud of the fact that they came out and competed. We have a team of almosts. We were right there with USC. We were right there with San Diego State. We were right there with this team. We have to now get over that hump. We need better execution and guys sticking with the plan."