POSTGAME QUOTES

    Nov. 23, 2009

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    Steve Cleveland, Fresno State Head Coach
    "Our guys played with great effort and for the most part we competed very hard. We had a couple stops late and forcing them to shoot air balls but that hurt us. If the ball hits the rims we are ready and better prepared for the rebound but it didn't happen. We have to get a body on a man. I thought our zone was effective for most of the night. We did a good job against them defensively. They shot 38 percent from the floor and 28 percent from three."

    "This was a team that beat us by 25 last year. They just drilled us. So I'm pleased with the improvement. We were three to four offensive rounds from winning this game. It was that close."

    "I thought our execution was perfect on the last play. We set the screen and Mychal (Ladd) had a good shot."

    "We grew tonight. I was pleased with the effort and for us to come back from that Seattle game and play this well was good to see. San Diego State is a very deep team. They are a top 25, top 30 team and I think they have a great chance to win the Mountain West Conference this year."

    Greg Smith, Fresno State Center
    "I thought I did well tonight but it's not about me it's about the team. We played okay tonight. The guys played hard. We are not happy with losing."

    Steve Fisher, SDSU Head Coach
    "Billy brought great energy, toughness and discipline. He made some great plays for us down the stretch and that's why we got the win tonight."

    "The thing he did best was being aggressive and getting the offensive rebounds."

    "The press was very effective for us tonight. When you can play 94 feet of the floor and not get fouls I think you should play the press all 40 minutes."

    "I believe we only got beat down the floor once for an easy layup."

    "I believe DJ (Gay) was the number one guy responsible for causing turnovers with the press tonight."

    Billy White, SDSU Forward
    "In the first half we weren't getting any rebounds so at halftime we talked about coming out and getting every rebound."

    "Teams know that if they play man against us, we are too fast and we are going to beat them. We are prepared to see the 2-3 zone."

    "We knew it would be a tough game but we buckled down and played as a team and that got us the victory."

     

     

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