March 3, 2012
Rodney Terry, Head Coach, Fresno State
"I thought we came out with tremendous effort, especially the first half the way we executed both offensively and defensively. I thought in the second half we came out and we had too many lapses on the defensive end as well as offensively we had some plays that took a lot out of us in terms of finishing plays. We have to continue to, as a program, get better at finishing games. These guys have to understand how important every possession is and what it means. Until we take that step again and finish plays, finish games, that's the next step for us. We have a new season now with the [WAC] tournament coming up. I know our guys are pretty excited about having another opportunity and we'll be ready for it."
On the second half...
"I think, again, the guys have to finish plays. When you miss a layup - we talked about this in terms of our team - we have to finish plays and when you don't finish a play it deflates you because now we have to go back down on the other end and they make a 3, or they make a 2, it's a quick turn around on that in terms of momentum. We had opportunities to stay on top and continue to do what got us the lead and for whatever reason we weren't making those plays and when we didn't it deflated our defense and it gave them momentum as they continued to score."
On the pace of the game...
"We did a great job controlling the tempo for the better part of that game. Again, we just have to finish plays; it comes down to finishing plays."
On defending McKines...
"We knew he was one of the guys that was a capable shooter. In recognizing he had made one, we needed to have more urgency toward finding him in the zone and we didn't. We gave him uncontested shots; we had clear looks. He's a guy who has led our league in scoring and he made plays. He's a fifth-year guy, but he's been around a while and his experience showed and he made plays. He was the difference in the game; he had 20 [points] and 18 [rebounds]."
On 'Dogs struggling at the free throw line...
"It was huge. You need to step up and make free throws. Sometimes in the positions we were in, it's almost like a turnover. We just have to step up and make those; they made theirs. It was a huge difference in the game. They kept runs alive making free throws."
On regrouping for the WAC Quarterfinal rematch with New Mexico State...
"We'll go back and just regroup in terms of what we have to do in terms of what it takes to compete with these guys and have a chance to win, be in positions to win. We know they're a team of great size and we have to keep them off of the glass, but a better part of the game we did a good job with that. We gave them a couple of extra possessions late in the game that hurt us when we didn't secure or finish a possession and it led to those guys scoring. That's a big part of the game; it's man on man. They shoot it and they're going to go get it and that's their offense."
Marvin Menzies, Head Coach, New Mexico State
"Just in general, just really proud of the way our guys stuck in there playing with so much heart in the second half. Relying on the three seniors and two juniors as well. But you have to give credit to Rodney and his guys. I mean he has done a fantastic job with this group and their record is no indication of the heart and the character and the execution and system that they're using right now; it is very productive for what they have and they've just fallen a few games short and we have to be ready to face up again against them on Thursday."
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