Nov. 23, 2011
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller
"The bad start we had, going down 21-4 in the first half, really didn't help our chances tonight. I have to give credit to our team, because we did come back to be within two at the end of the half, but San Diego State went on another run in the second half, during the sixteen minute mark to the twelve minute mark. That put us in the hole, and while we fought back again, and some of our guys definitely played their best games tonight, it just wasn't enough."
"We have very little margin of error, and shooting 33 percent for the game is difficult to win with if you don't have the right defense. If we'd had some better defense tonight, it might have gone another way. At the same time, I have to give a lot of credit to Chase Tapley. He led his team, along with Jamaal Franklin. They both made great shots tonight."
"Jesse Perry and Solomon Hill didn't have their best nights tonight. They did well, but we win as a team and we lose as a team, and their performances were not enough. We didn't have a lot of answers for San Diego State. They are a great, well coached team, and they came into a very difficult arena to win in, ready to play. San Diego State was the better team tonight, and they played to win."
Arizona Player Quotes
On slow starts
"We weren't ready. We came out laid back and lazy. San Diego State played a good 40 minutes of basketball. We should have been ready. Coach Miller told us what we were getting in to."
Does playing from behind become more tiring?
"It is definitely tiring. It kills our energy. At halftime we came back slow, it was hard. Our shots weren't falling tonight."
On the slow starts
"It's the preparation. Coach Miller has done everything possible. It's us, we have to change it. We need to find a way to get better. We need to talk more, get pumped and change our approach."
On issues with guards
"We need to step up. Guards have been giving us problems the last few games."
On the two runs
"It's hard for a team to make two big runs in a game. We made the first one and then for the second half they came out and punched us again. We have to put down ourselves and not let it happen."
On how tiring the game was due to playing from behind
"It started off with the lead they got. It took all of our energy to try and get it back."