VIDEO: Alford after Fullerton

Dec. 4 -- Head coach Steve Alford says the Cal State Fullerton game was their best 40 minutes of the season...


Opening statement:
I was really pleased with the team tonight. We talked about this being a big trap game because of the respect we have for Cal State Fullerton and what they’ve already done on the road; we knew this wasn’t just their first road game. It’s never easy when you come back from a trip. A lot of times guys think you come back from a trip and just get a win, but that doesn’t happen, you have to go out and earn it every night. I thought tonight, especially defensively, this was our best 40 minutes. I thought we really defended well. We did a good job on the boards and held [Cal State Fullerton] to 24 percent from the floor. We did a lot of good things; this was a really good team effort for us.

On the defense:
[Cal State Fullerton] is a team with very good guard play. I think [Alex] Harris was the only guy in double-figures. [Moses] Morgan, [Lanerryl] Johnson and Harris are terrific. They combined for 27 points, and they’ve been averaging well over 45 points combined. We dominated the glass and only gave [Cal State Fullerton] eight offensive rebounds. [Cal State Fullerton] shot poorly, and we didn’t give them second shots. When you hold a team to 45 points and 24 percent shooting, you’ve done a lot of really good things. I thought our effort, more than anything was great. Even when we got beat, we kept fighting and we kept playing.

On the lack of production from the bench:
We’re not going to be a perfect team. Last year’s team had about 20 points off of the bench, but we didn’t have five guys in double-figures either. Right now we’re getting five guys in double-figures. Those are the guys that are experienced and are going to log a lot of minutes. I’m not so worried about the points off of the bench as much as the other production like defending and board play. The majority of our scoring is going to come from our five starters and whatever scoring we get off the bench will be helpful.

On their upcoming stretch:
We’re not thinking about Gonzaga or Kentucky, it’s San Diego. We’re young and inexperienced; it’s one game at a time. It’s not just about developing over the next few days of practice. We have a lot of work to do to put a game plan in for San Diego and then UC Riverside is next. The schedule just continues to get more and more difficult and we have to get better. I thought tonight we got better. We were better in these 40 minutes then we were against UAB and that’s a positive. We just have to take it one game at a time and one day at a time.

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