Jan. 27, 2004
NEW MEXICO HEAD COACH Ritchie McKay
"That was a great college basketball game. Just in terms of how competitive it was, each team just tried to take away the others strengths and players making plays down the stretch. I am really pleased with our guys and I credit BYU. They showed a lot of class and that's a good team we were able to beat. So I am really proud of our team and I am excited about the direction we are headed."
NEW MEXICO JUNIOR FORWARD Danny Granger
(On the game winning lay-up): When Troy took the ball out of bounds, we made eye contact, and then I just tried to get (BYU senior Rafael) Araujo on the high side. He threw a perfect pass. Araujo lunged for it and I had it already. I almost missed the lay-up because I did not know how much time was on the clock. I was really surprised how open I was. I thought the buzzer was about to sound or someone was coming over my back. I just got it up on the rim and hoped it went in.
NEW MEXICO JUNIOR GUARD Troy DeVries
(On making the game-winning pass): We knew we were going to try that. Coach said look for Danny and throw it by the rim. We never practiced that play. It was a spur of the moment thing.
(On shaking off the two missed free throws and making the pass): It's tough, not making free throws, but the game wasn't over. I held my head high, and knew we had to get it done.
NEW MEXICO SENIOR Javin Tindall
(On breaking out of his slump to hit two late-game three's): It was a shot that I can hit. I've been waiting for that all game. They were doubling Danny after I got him the ball. He found me wide open and that's my shot. There was no nervousness to it. I just raised up and hit it.
BYU HEAD COACH STEVE CLEVELAND
"It was quite a bizarre thing. I've never been involved in anything like that in all my 25 years of coaching. Mark (Bigelow) stood up and was jumping up and down and the (BYU) guys were calling timeout. That's a tough lesson to learn. Then [New Mexico] missed those two free throws. We wanted to stay in front of the shooters and then [Araujo] kind of went for the steal. He's never been in that situation before, but it happens. I still thought our guys played good. I thought we came down and answered them every time."