New Mexico vs. Wyoming Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/16/2010

Jan. 16, 2010

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New Mexico Head Coach Steve Alford

"I thought it was two really good basketball teams fighting like crazy for a win... I thought we did a good job keeping them off the line... keeping them off the line was a big key.

"I wasn't particularly crazy about our board play, but we had some guys - Jamal Fenton helped us when Dairese [Gary] was in foul trouble.

"The game A.J. Hardeman had had been coming. He's getting better and better, and he had a great game.

"It's what we've done all year - we find ways of winning. We didn't shoot the ball particularly well, but they did a nice job with their pressure defense, and any time you can come in on the road and score seventy and get a win, you have to be pleased.

"All of a sudden we find ourselves up six, and it gave us some room to breathe. In a game that was that frantic, you want to breathe a little bit, and I think that helped us down the stretch.

"I'm just proud of the young team. We know we're young and we're inexperienced. We're throwing some guys out there in some tough environments and tough situations. There used to be a time when we never won up here... it's not an easy place to play.

"He [Hardeman] has been so consistent, and I thought there was a game where he was going to explode a little bit, and tonight was the one."

Wyoming Head Coach Heath Schroyer

"We executed so much of what we wanted to, and I thought we had a good defensive plan coming in. We wanted to take away the three, and we were able to do that. I give my guys a lot of credit. I thought we did enough good things to have a chance to win. We faced a team that was nationally ranked a week ago and had them on the ropes. But we turned the ball over too much, and we missed key free throws. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot down the stretch.

"I thought if we could defend the three and rebound we could play with New Mexico, and we did. We just made too many mistakes.

"I give New Mexico a lot of credit. They forced us into turnovers and they made plays late in the game.

"This is the second game now that free-throw shooting has hurt us. The inability to make them at critical times was key in this game.

"We are getting better. A month ago, we wouldn't have been in this game. If we can continue to make strides like we have, we're going to be a tough team the rest of this season.

"Our guys rebounded the ball very well tonight. We out-rebounded them and out-rebounded them on the offensive boards.

"I really want to thank all the fans who came today, wore white and purchased t-shirts to support autism research. It is a cause that is so important to me and my family."