Utah/UNM Notes and quotes

The Utes got a huge win over New Mexico on Saturday. Not only did they snap a three-game slide, they also helped their chances of securing a MWC Tournament birth.


Utah Head Coach Ray Giacoletti
"We continued to fight and pick ourselves up when we were down 10 with 10 minutes to go and two overtimes. We have to get better defensively, but we fought through it and came back. I'm proud of them. Shaun had a huge line doing all the little things; and I'm looking to him to pull the guys together and he's done great."

Utah Forward Shaun Green
"I just lead with the way I play. I always like to play aggressive and just try to make the little plays and [do the] little things to help the team win. This was a huge win for us. It was a play-in game [at stake] so we don't have to play four games in the conference tournament. So hopefully we can get a couple more wins before the tournament to build that momentum to make sure we stay out of that play-in game."

Utah Center Luke Nevill
"I have been practicing my foul shots with the time I have been out. Those two shots I missed earlier in the game, it happens, and I knew I just had to knock the final ones down because we weren't going to go into another overtime. The final foul shot was just another foul shot, that's how it is in my mind. I don't look at the clock or anything like that I just stay focused and try and knock them down."

Utah Guard Johnnie Bryant
"I was just playing. My teammates did a great job looking and coach was telling me I was getting passes in the zone so I had to be aggressive and make plays. We had to prove that Utah is not done and prove we still have something inside of us, and if that doesn't motivate anybody than they shouldn't be playing this game."

New Mexico Head Coach Ritchie McKay
"We had to adjust a little to Bryant and Green. We knew if we went zone, we would have to know where they were and keep track of them.

"You have to pick your poison against Utah. Nevill was getting the ball where he wanted and we had to decide what to do."

"I didn't think about my job situation once during the game. That's apart from the competition of practice or the game."

"My goal and focus is to prepare us for the conference tournament."

"Other than not winning, our guys are battling and fighting hard. We responded well today, but we were 6 for 11 compared to 26 for 32 [for Utah] from the free throw line. You're not going to win many games on the road like that."


• Utah now leads the all-time series with New Mexico 76-43, winning 14 of the last 22 games. However, New Mexico had won six of the last nine meetings. In games played either in Salt Lake City or Albuquerque, the home team has won each of the last 10 games.

• In Salt Lake City, Utah now has a 51-5 advantage and has won 18 in a row. The Utes haven't lost to the Lobos in the Huntsman Center since falling 79-76 on Feb. 16, 1989.

• New Mexico's 17 3-pointers ties the Huntsman Center record (Utah made 17 vs. UNLV on Jan. 12, 2002) and are the most by a Utah opponent all-time. The old mark was 15 by UNLV on Jan. 3, 2007.

• Utah has now won its last five games decided by six points or less after losing its first nine this season.

• New Mexico scored 10 unanswered points over a three and a half minute span to the 13:07 mark in the second half to take a 48-40 lead.

• Utah ended regulation on an 11-4 run over the last 5:43.

• This was Utah's fourth overtime game of the season--two of those games were against New Mexico--and second double overtime game. The Utes are now 1-3 in overtime this season.

• The Lobos became the 11th team to make at least 10 3-pointers on the Utes this season and the fourth to shoot at least 60 percent from beyond the arc.

• Utah is 2-10 when its opponent shoots at least 50 percent from the field and 5-14 when it shoots at least 40 percent from 3-point range.

• The Utes are now 7-11 when they outrebound their opponents this season.

• Utah improved to 9-9 this season when shooting at least 70 percent from the free throw line.

• Utah committed at least 15 turnovers in a game for the 15th time this season and the fifth time in the last six games.

• The Utes are 8-5 when shooting at least 50 percent from the field and 6-8 when they shoot at least 40 percent from 3-point range.

• Senior guard Ricky Johns had his fifth double-figure scoring game of the season with all of those coming in the last 10 games.

• Junior guard Johnnie Bryant had his seventh 20-point game of the season and his second in a row. He also had his 23rd double-figure scoring game this season and his third in a row.

• Bryant made at least five 3-pointers for the fourth time this season.

• Sophomore guard Shaun Green has his second 20-point game of the season and his career. He also had his 20th double-figure scoring game of the season and his third in a row.

• Green had the third double-double of his career and his second in a row.

• Sophomore center Luke Nevill had his 24th double-figure scoring game this season and his ninth in a row.

• Freshman forward Daniel Deane had third double-figure scoring game of the season and his second in a row.


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