USU head coach Tim Duryea:
"I'm really proud of our starters. They showed a lot of toughness. They were some tired guys at the end of the game and really just determined to finish it out. Second half, obviously, we didn't feel like we could sub. New Mexico was tremendous. Paul (Weir) is doing a great job with his guys. They are hard to guard. They can come back in a game so quickly from the 3-point line. They space you out, and then they drive the ball to the basket. They are really, really hard to guard. We got off to a great start on both ends of the floor, ball movement was great on offense, we penetrated, we made shots for each other, had a great rhythm. Defensively, came down, really took care of assignments, didn't finish some possessions with some defensive rebounds which we cleaned up later.
“We got off to a great start. Quite honestly, our bench tonight was awful. Their preparation, their approach was awful and their performance reflected that. Second half, we were basically over there and did not feel like we could sub. Alex Dargenton was available but only in case of emergency, so that doesn't reflect on him. Julion Pearre was in uniform but not available. The rest of the bench just did not get it done. That's a tough feeling to be over there in the second half when your guys are scrambling and being pressured, and didn't feel like we could sub at all. Need a better performance, when we get off to a start like that, need a better performance off the bench."
USU sophomore guard Koby McEwen:
"We played good team basketball today. We can pick it up a little bit defensively. Subpar effort on the defensive end. We'll go back and watch the film and get better with that. Gutted it out, we, essentially, had a six-man rotation, seven-man rotation just like they did. A lot of guys played a lot of minutes. We fought throughout the whole game and came out with a win. It was a well-executed game plan by us, and I'm proud of the guys. The coaching staff, I'm happy for them and I'm happy we got a win before we go into the bye."
USU junior forward Quinn Taylor:
"Tonight was a really good victory for us. New Mexico, in their last six before us, was 5-of-6 in conference. They were a really hot team. They shoot a lot of threes, so they can score the ball really well. The first half, we came out sluggish on defense, but our offense was there which is nice. The second half, we were able to get our defense better and also our rebounding which really helped us down the line. It's always good when you have a player that can score 30, and play the whole game. Koby played a crazy game, 30 points and 13 rebounds. It was a career night, and it's always good when you have someone playing like that."
New Mexico head coach Paul Weir:
"We changed a few things. We didn't want to change too much because we don't want to throw too many new things at guys on the road. We did take over some things. We tried to play a little more zone tonight. We got into a little bit of rhythm there in the first half with it, but after that, they got into a rhythm offensively out of it, so at the end of day, we were just trying to keep our bigs out of foul trouble with only (Joe Furstinger) and (Makuach Maluach). We knew keeping them out of foul trouble was going to be an issue, so everything we were trying to do was to limit their fouls. Offensively, we didn't really change a ton. It was more just defensively."
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