Jan. 13, 2010
New Mexico head coach Steve Alford:
"I couldn't be more pleased with our team. Any time you lose two games in a row there's a lot of heat on you, and we didn't start the game shooting the ball very well. I really liked our intensity. It wasn't the smartest game we played, so we're getting parts of it down."
"I thought our effort was tremendous, and we did a really good job defensively. That was the key, holding the team under 60 and 35 percent shooting, that's good to see out of our defense. I think we needed that tonight in responding after our two losses in a row."
"You know we played 18 games and 17 of them have been at a really high level of effort. We had great effort at San Diego State and good effort at Oral Roberts. I thought how we played tonight is what we have been usually playing from an effort standpoint. I really liked what I saw."
Utah head coach Jim Boylen:
"We lost too many games inside the game. We lost the turnover game. We lost the rebound game. We lost the free-throw attempt game. I thought our half-court defense was very good at times. Any time you play (UNM) and (Roman) Martinez, (Darington) Hobson, and (Dairese) Gary go 10-for-31, you kind of expect to win, but we lost too many games inside the game, and, their bench hurt us. Twenty-three points from their bench is what they needed, and I think it hurt us. I've got to give them credit, they played well. We were not tough enough on those games inside the game.
Whenever you miss open shots, miss free throws on the road, and lose the rebound game, you are going to have a hard time winning. I thought we hung in there. I thought we battled. We got it to five, but they made that big 3 to get it to an 8-point lead, which I thought was big. We had them on the ropes a little bit, and fought our way back, but that was a big play by (Nate) Garth. To me that was the key play of the game. It makes it a three-possession game."
Any surprises from UNM:
"I thought their bench was damn good. If you look at Brown and Hardeman, those guys get 18 points from the center position and 11 rebounds. They needed those guys to win. What you try to do is build a game plan where you make someone else beat you, and those two guys did a heck of a job."