Dec. 5, 2013
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SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State Head Coach Steve Fisher
On the game:
"That was a very, very exciting game on both sides if you came to watch. The effort was sensational. I know the Torero fans are going away disappointed, but they got their money's worth and I think both crowds should be proud of how hard guys played. We won the game in no small part by the way we rebounded the ball, especially on the offensive end. We were sensational there, especially Josh Davis, but not just Josh. Skylar Spencer got us going out of the gate with some really, really good play, and tipped a couple in. I thought our defense was pretty good, but we let 3-point shooters get too clean of looks in the first half, and you can't do that. (USD guard) Johnny Dee can make shots, and we knew that. But we knew it was going to be a hard game. We've been in here a number of times, and most of them have been like this. This is a good team we played too. This is not just a team that can't play that played on emotion (tonight) and we came out flat. (USD) is a good team. I don't want to speak for (USD head coach) Bill Grier, but as I've watched, this is the best team he's had since the one he inherited when he took over. They know what they want to do, they do it effectively, and they have the quickest guy around in (Christopher) Anderson to orchestrate. It's a good win for us, I'm happy about the win."
On if he was nervous during USD's final possession:
"Yes, I was. From my angle, I thought (USD's final shot) was going in. He had a pretty clean look, he's a good shooter, and we had good fortune that it did not go in. I thought (Xavier Thames) got fouled when he had the ball, but sometimes those aren't called. Everything went (USD's) favor. They had the jump ball, and all of a sudden they had a pretty good look, and we walked away happy."
Senior guard Xavier Thames
On the victory:
"USD came out and played hard, and I'm just glad we got the win. Now we've got to move on and get ready for a good (Washington) team."
On how nervous he was shooting free throws late in the second half:
"I was real calm. I could just hear my mom's voice, telling me to take a deep breath. I wasn't nervous at all, I was calm."
Senior forward Josh Davis
On the end of the game:
"It was exciting, back and forth. I was a little nervous about (USD guard Johnny) Dee, we all tried to keep tabs on him to make sure he didn't a three off. We're excited about the win. San Diego is a very good team. We didn't take them lightly."
On if he was surprised by how well USD played:
"It didn't surprise me at all, especially from playing them last season while at Tulane. I knew what they were capable of. We all knew. They're a whole lot better (than last season). They're very physical and they run everything with technique. They're a good team."