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Arizona Postgame Quotes, 11/19/2006
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Release: 11/20/2006
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Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes:

 

Radio Quotes-

“It seemed like we put a lot of pressure on their shots but they just kept going in. (NMSU) is a very good shooting team.”

 

“Jawann (McClellan) only missed two shots during a period of 32 minutes, and I thought his toughness was very important today and we need to get that infused into all the other players as well.”

 

“We didn’t get a lot from the bench today, they need to be in the game at all times cheering on their teammates and we just weren’t getting that. Bret Brielmaier did a very nice job off of the bench however; He was ready to go.”

 

New Mexico State did a great job of narrowing our lead in the second half. When they got within five points, I knew we had to get a lot tougher on the boards.”

 

Press Conference Quotes ?-

 

“Jawann played hard on both ends and had (seven rebounds) on the boards. I never envisioned that we would be able to get 38 minutes out of him, but we were able to slow the game down.”

 

“We didn’t go to the bench until there was only about six minutes left in the half and in retrospect we probably wouldn’t have gone to the bench at all because we were up 30-8 at that point and I didn’t feel like our bench was ready to go. You have to be in the game when you’re on the bench. You have to be in the game, supporting your teammates and watching what’s going on. If you are just a spectator, you are not going to perform. We started out with the point guard only having two turnovers, but then we decided to give him a breather and then we got four turnovers in four minutes.”

 

Bret Brielmaier got a really nasty cut on his lip that is going to take up to eight stitches inside his mouth. But I thought he did a nice job. He came in and did exactly what we needed him to do. He came in right off the bat and drew a charge and closed off some problem areas we had on defense, so I was pleased with that. One thing we know for sure with Bret is, when he comes in, he is going to be ready to play.”

 

“Jawann has to move better without the ball but the problem is that we don’t get a lot of practice time with him because we are trying to protect that knee as much as we can. He was seven-for-seven from the three point range, but if he’s shooting that well then he should be shooting double figures from that spot, meaning he has to get open more. But getting open takes a good screen and a good utilization of that screen.”

 

“What concerned me about this game was that NMSU was really quick with their pressure and we had to pass the ball quickly and properly. We made mistakes trying to force the ball to the middle. Or, if we started driving (in the lane) we wanted them to get the ball ahead because they were quick enough to come from behind.”

 

“(NMSU) hit some tough shots, those were not easy shots, and not many were uncontested. We had good pressure on them and Jawann and Marcus (Williams) saved us with a couple blocks.”

 

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Freshman F Chase Budinger

 

“We use the 1-3-1 [zone defense] for teams that like that, so we can try to contain them and get a hand up in the shooter’s face.”

 

“In the second half, we played down to their level.  We got a big lead and thought we’d cruise by.  We need to put teams away when we have a chance.”

 

Senior G Mustafa Shakur

 

“We know we can score and execute the offense.  We just need to work on our team defense.”

 

“We have to put guys away.  We need to step on them and not allow them to come back.”

 

Sophomore F Marcus Williams

 

“Defensively, you’ve got to understand where you have to be.”

 

“There’s no lack of effort defensively.  We have so many good defenders, it’s just a matter of getting after it.”

 

“If we go to a four-guard lineup, when one guard gets a rebound it makes it easier to fast break.”

 

Senior F Ivan Radenovic

 

On UA’s dominance on the boards:

“We worked on rebounding all week, especially defensive rebounding.  We did a good job on the boards all game.”

 

“We have got to stop people and put them away when we have a team in that situation.  We’ve got to put them away.”

 

Junior G Jawann McClellan

 

“We need to do a better job of putting teams away at the end.  New Mexico State is a team with [six] D-1 transfers.  They have a great coach in [Reggie] Theus, and a great squad that’s probably favored to win their conference.”

 

“My goal was to get on the offensive and defensive glass today.  We saw that coach [Rodney] Tention’s LMU team went to a zone and had success against [NMSU].  Either way, zone or man [NMSU] has great athletes just like us.”
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