Nov. 3, 2010
Head Coach Steve Alford Postgame Quotes
"Other than foul shooting, I thought we did some good things. We have a lot of guys playing for the first time. Emmanuel (Negedu) hadn't played in two years, and we had a bucketload of freshmen playing in front of a full house. I thought they were affected by that early. We relaxed in the second half a little bit, but I was happy with a lot of things.
"We had nine turnovers and twenty assists, whereas in the intrasquad game last week it was the opposite. We had twenty turnovers and nine assists, but I think we're getting better. I think it's going to be a work in progress because of our youth, but I like our depth and I like how athletic we are.
"We had a tight game against a team that I thought was pretty good, and they're going to have a lot of success in their league this year. We had a tight game, and then we go on an 18-0 run to break it open so I thought there were moments that were really good. Some of the things that weren't, we have plenty of time to work on.
"What do you think of all the newcomers?"
"I thought they did a lot of good things. The environment will definitely help us if we get four big crowds like this before we go to Cal. Playing two exhibition games was a key for us.
"Tony (Snell) hadn't played in front of more than 500 people. Emmanuel hadn't played in two years. Kendall (Williams) played in front of small crowds, Cameron (Bairstow) may have played in front of 200 people, so this is kind of a shock to these guys. I think they handled it well. They probably showed the nerves in fouls and free throw shooting more than anything else, but we met our defensive goals."
"What's it like to have the season underway in this building?"
"It was exciting going in. Everything is new from the pressroom to our locker rooms. We're still trying to figure combinations out. I'm trying to get new keys. I have a new room to hang out in before the game, so it's exciting. It's a wonderful building, and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of it, and be in a building like this.
"I told the team beforehand that very few teams have the chance to play an exhibition game in front of crowds this big (13,921), and that's a tribute to our fans.
"We started the game and all of the people weren't in their seats. They were walking around and looking at the Pit and that's good. That's what the exhibition season is all about. We want the fans doing that now, because once Detroit comes along (Nov. 13), we want them in their seats when our guys come out."
New Mexico Player Quotes
Sophomore Curtis Dennis
(On making an impact and getting more minutes) - "I think that's what coach demands of me, to come off the bench and try an have that effect; be a leader on and off the court. I think that's my role."
(on attacking this mentally) - "I just remembered how we played last year. I tried to come out and attack early instead of waiting."
(on what you have to prove) - "I've just got to come out and help the team win anyway I can. That's the only thing I have to do."
Freshman Alex Kirk
(on what it felt like to be playing in The Pit) - "It's an awesome experience. It's what I came here for. There's a lot of support from all of the fans. Everyone's cheering. It's a great atmosphere."
(on feeling any nerves) - "Yea, the first couple of minutes. My jump shot was a little off all night, but once I got in the flow of the game I just focused on the things just like practice."