New Mexico at Utah State post-game quotes
Jan. 7, 2017

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Head Coach Tim Duryea
"I'm proud of our guys in the second half for the way we competed. Koby McEwen hit some big shots and broke it open. In the halfcourt our defense was really good. We put ourselves in a tough situation a few times in transition and gave up some easy baskets. When we watch the film we'll see that we didn't have any defensive floor balance. We gave up a few too many in transition but when our defense was set it was really solid. Overall, a good team win."

On getting momentum before the half...
"We got off to a great start, then had a defensive lapse. We finished the first half with a rush. We didn't make a lot of adjustments. We did put Jalen (Moore) in the middle of the zone offense for awhile. We weren't doing a great job of handling their zone so we knew they would stay in it. On made and missed shots we were trying to get them to play us in man defense. Putting Jalen (Moore) in there really shrunk their zone a little and then Kobe (McEwen) started hitting shots and we were off to the races."

Junior Guard Julion Pearre
"It was a good team win tonight. We were able to share the ball and make a lot of shots. UNLV is never easy to play against. They are athletic and long. We did a good job of getting a win and some momentum heading into Wyoming next week."

On the 3-point shooting
"We just got hot. You've got to give credit to everyone on the floor driving it and kicking it. That allowed everybody to get open shots and made life a lot easier."

Freshman Guard Koby McEwen
"We could have guarded better. We gave them too many transition points. If we held them to less transition opportunities we could have beat them a little easier. We rebounded well and just played harder than them, which is what coach emphasized. We executed the game plan and came out with a win."

On the hot shooting
"It's great. It feels like the basket is the ocean and you are throwing rocks in it. It's like you're not going to miss. When you get in that mode you try not to force things, it can make you look stupid sometimes. Just go with the flow. I thought my teammates did a nice job of finding me."

UNLV Head Coach Marvin Menzies:
"We did a horrible job recognizing the bridge between transition and zone for a period of time. It's a strengths deal, because I walked into this game wanting to see a couple of things and I actually saw those things, so I probably should've demanded a few more things. I wanted us to play harder and I wanted us to play with pride. I actually thought we gave that tonight.

“Obviously, you can't give up those 3s and most of them came in transition. When we get back in transition we have to match-up first and then we can morph into our zone, but we didn't get matched-up. Our guys were running to their spots in the zone. Unfortunately, they (Utah State) got guys to the deep corners and you have to give coach Duryea credit. He got their guys where they needed to go, getting it to the right shooters. Koby McEwen was on fire, he goes 5-of-7 tonight from 3 and he also has a great floor game. He was a difference-maker."

 

 

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