Jan. 3, 2004
New Mexico Head Coach Ritchie McKay:
"Obviously, we're disappointed that we didn't win. But I do think there are some positive things you can take out of a game like this because Wake Forest is a great team. I'm not saying that because we just played them, but because they are so hard to match up against. They have three excellent guards, and their point guard, Chris Paul (18 points), plays like a senior, not a freshman. Eric Williams is also incredibly difficult to match up against. But I think our guys executed, and I think our guys were tough. We just outrebounded a team that is one of the best in the nation. So I was pleased with that, but I want a win."
On New Mexico's 19 turnovers:
"That game was very uncharacteristic for Javin Tindall. I don't know what it was. Part of it is that Chris Paul is a tremendous defender. He leads the nation in steals, and there's a reason why that is. But we didn't do a good enough job of taking care of the ball, especially in crucial moments. They had 20 points off of our turnovers, and that's just way too many."
On Chris Paul:
"I love Chris Paul. I think he's a phenomenal player. He might be the best guard I've seen since I've become a coach."
On Troy DeVries:
"Troy is a complete player. He does whatever he can for the team to win. He's an unselfish player who can make that extra pass."
On New Mexico's second-half dry spell:
"We thought if the game was in the 70's, we'd have a better chance of winning. That's why we weren't pushing it as much. But that also probably contributed to the dry spell."
Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser
On the game:
"I thought it was a good ball game. We got their best shot and it was a tough one for them to lose. The other team practices, it's not always about what we didn't do. They're a good basketball team but we don't have enough healthy guys practicing right now."
On being out-rebounded:
"Rebounding is disappointing, but we do start three small guys, so we get more in transition play."
On field goal shooting:
"We had good shots, but shot it poorly in the first half. We got some fastbreak baskets, which we should get with a fast, small team, like Gray, Paul and Downey. Our design is not to have every game turn into a jumpshooting contest. We've got to get some transition baskets. We don't want to be a team that lives and dies with the jump shot."