Nov. 12, 2007
New Mexico head coach Steve Alford:
Comments on the game:
"This was a pivotal game for us in a lot of ways. When you get a good road win, you got to back that up with a huge home win. All these are learning experiences for us. We got a new system and a new program. Our guys learned a really good lesson today...when you get home doesn't mean you just automatically win, you got to go out there and play. I thought after the start, we got a little wake-up call getting down 10-3 and then from that point on I thought we really played good basketball."
"I've gained some confidence in the team just with the way they have worked in practice. They've really done a good job of following scouting reports. We're not going to be ahead for all 40 minutes every time we play. Our experience tonight was we got out of the gates slow, we got down seven points and then we went on a 12-0 run and never looked back. That's encouraging to me."
Comments on conditioning of the team:
"It's a very long season, but the guys have done a good job of working and getting themselves in shape. We have 11 (players) going on in practice, so these guys are getting a lot of minutes in the games. They are getting minutes in practice. We got everybody 14-plus minutes tonight. They are doing some good things and I think they are in good shape. Hopefully, we can continue to do that because if you can play 10 guys then I think you have a chance to win."
Eastern Washington head coach Kirk Earlywine:
"We were pretty competitive, our block out was really good on Friday night at Wash. St. and it was really bad tonight. I ask the guys what I had done from a coaching perspective what I did to go from a really good block out team to a lousy block out team within 96 hours or whatever it is, I guess sometimes we loose track of the fact that they are 18 to 22 yr. olds and they are human beings, they aren't robots and I don't have an answer for their lack of block out. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to come up with an answer between now and Thursday."
"Defense wasn't there either, I'm not sure what happened four minutes into the game, we had done exactly what we had been coached to do on both ends of the floor, we blocked out, we didn't have any breakdowns defensively, we executed exactly what we were supposed to do on offense and maybe it was a case that we couldn't handle prosperity, things came a little to easy and I think they decided to go do their own thing, and I hope they learn a lesson from it."
"We played eight guys, five have played in their 2nd division 1 game ever, and I told them why they can do exactly what they have been coached to do the first four minutes and then go start doing something else."