Nov. 10, 2007
New Mexico head coach Don Flanagan:
On Dayton's performance:
"Their offense obviously gave us some problems and their ability to set those screens and then to get the ball inside. I knew the second half would be difficult. They got beat yesterday and that probably didn't set well with them and I knew they were going to play hard today. I thought we were just playing medium intensity. Fortunately we had a big enough cushion to win."
Thoughts on the game:
"When we get in (close) games like that, there are certain players and you pretty much got to go with experience. We shot well...51 percent for the game. The statistic that bothers me is offensive rebounds. They out-rebounded us 10-6 on offensive boards. The other thing that bothers me is turnovers...20 turnovers is just not good enough. I thought we played a little bit nervous, a little bit scared, and maybe we'll get rid of that tomorrow. It wasn't our best effort, but at the same time we were fortunate enough to play at home in front of a good crowd and win."
Dayton head coach Jim Jabir:
"New Mexico is a great team, great environment. We didn't start out that great today. I thought they were going to beat us 120 to 4."
"Our kids showed a lot of character, coming back and fighting, and we gave them everything they could handle."
"I was very proud of our kids, we just need to find a way to play that way the whole course of the game."
"I thought (playing at The Pit) was great. I wanted to come to this tournament because I wanted our kids to play in this kind of environment. I thought the fans were great, very knowledgeable and I was really proud of the stuff we did."