SDSU-LMU Postgame Quotes

Jan. 3, 2003

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SDSU Head Coach Steve Fisher
On The Game

"We knew we were playing a good, good team. They are trying to grow a program like we are. We played a pretty good second half and a very poor defensive first half."

"We came out in the second half and Mike (Mackell) became a factor.

"I think Steve Aggers has done a great job. They are a good team that played very sound basketball. They hurt us with a lot of coaching techniques but in the last 10 minutes we made it hard for them to score baskets."

On The Winning Streak
"We've won games that we were probably expected to win but you don't always win those games so I feel good about that. We are proud of the fact that we've won six in a row and we are looking for seven on Monday."

SDSU's Evan Burns
"My main focus right now is on the defensive end. Everyone has told me to just let the offense come and I think that with good defense comes good offense. Our defense was pretty sluggish in the first half but we got together in the second half and pulled out the victory."

SDSU's Aerick Sanders
"They came out really intense and we knew that transition was a big part of the game and they did that pretty well against us tonight."

SDSU's Tony Bland
"I hit a couple of early shots...This is the type of game I've been looking for all year and I'm excited to finally get it going."

On Evan Burns
"Evan Burns is the most versatile player I've ever played with...He can play anywhere from the point to the five spot. We're excited to have him on the team. He brings energy and instant offense and gives us a much-needed spark."

On Big Monday
"Texas Tech might be the best team we'll play all year with the exception of maybe Arizona. They have great players. They're well coached and they expect to win in our house. So we have to come out and match their energy and expect to win."

Loyola Marymount Head Coach Steve Aggers
On The Game

"I thought we came out and controlled the tempo well. We were well-prepared for the press and their pressure defense. We were able to get some easy baskets on back-door plays early.

"The difference in the game was Tony Bland. It was hard for us to guard him. We tried three different guys on him with little success. We went to a zone in the second half and slowed him down some. But Mackell stepped up and Burns came off the bench to hurt us.

"I like the way we played and I'm proud of our guys. We competed hard all night long and we learned a great deal from this game. We're a young team. a work in progress."

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