Nov. 21, 2007
University of New Mexico Men's Basketball
Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors vs. New Mexico Lobos
November 21, 2007
New Mexico Head Coach Steve Alford:
"This was obviously a big test for us - young into our season, young into our program. I couldn't be more pleased with the guys. This was a really demanding stretch when you look at the schedule. That was about six games in about two weeks and for our guys to respond at the end of that with the holiday break coming up, those are always scary games for coaches. I thought our guys responded well. We shared the ball again. We made 12 threes, shot 50 percent from the three again. You know we were 50 (percent) from the (free throw) line. I don't like to over coach, but I really think we've got to start shooting our free throws better.
(on The Pit atmosphere):
"That was nice. We've got to hope it just continues to build and I think it will because I think the word is getting out that these guys are a lot of fun to watch. They're unselfish, they share the ball...that's fun to watch and they really help each other defensively. They play awfully hard together and I would think that word is starting to get out that it's a pretty fun team to watch."
Hawai'i Head Coach Bob Nash:
"[New Mexico] played a great second half and we played probably as bad as we've played thus far in the second half. I don't know if it was that guys ran out of energy or what it was, but we certainly didn't play like Warriors in the second half. We make no excuses for that. They were a better team. They made the shots that they needed to make. It was just one of those night where every player that they had take shots made it. It was just an unbelievable shooting exhibition by them, but also poor defense on our part."
"When you have a good three-point shooting team, like they are, you can't give them any room. They set a lot of screens and we did a poor job of getting over screens, or hedging and helping and it just didn't work out."