Jan. 17, 2004
NEW MEXICO HEAD COACH Ritchie McKay
"That was a tough one tonight. We had a great crowd. It was a great atmosphere. A sellout for the first time since I've been here, and to play like that was very embarrassing. I am apologetic for the way our team played. I take full responsibility. I am to blame for a loss like this for the defense we tried to implement and it didn't work. They had a better scheme than us. "
AIR FORCE HEAD COACH JOE SCOTT
"I told our guys it was impressive what we did tonight. You look at the name on their jersey and this building - it's a celebrated place and a celebrated program. To do what we did says wonders about our players. Our two guards could be the best two guards in the league when you put them together in the backcourt. The key to the game was our defense. We really zeroed in, but I think [New Mexico] is a good team. They can all shoot the ball well. This was going to be the toughest test for us in terms of our defense and our guys were ready for the challenge."
NEW MEXICO JUNIOR FORWARD Danny Granger
(on coach McKay taking the blame for the gameplan): "That one's not on him. That's on us. We knew it was going to be a thinking game. They're a mental team. We just didn't bring it tonight. That's the most embarrassing thing that a lot of us have probably been through in our careers. It wasn't just one thing. It was ten or twelve things we didn't do. This one's on the players. The coaches can only do so much from the sidelines. We played zone, man-to-man, whatever and they still gave it to us."
(on what to learn from tonight's game): "That's a game you don't want to forget. You don't ever want to have that feeling again. It's just embarrassing to get beat like that on your home floor.