Men's Basketball
Postgame Notes & Quotes





Game Notes:
- With the 64-57 loss to UNLV Saturday night, Nevada fell to 3-4 on the year and is 1-2 at home so far this season. The team is now 74-11 at Lawlor Events Center since the start of the 2003-04 season and lost for just the fourth time in its last 17 home games. Nevada has dropped back-to-back home games for first time since the 2001-02 season.
- Sophomore Armon Johnson led the team in scoring for the second time this season and the second consecutive game with 21 points. It was his second straight 20-point effort after tying his career high with 23 points Dec. 2 at Colorado State.
- Freshman Luke Babbitt was second on the team with 15 points and has scored in double figures in all but one game this season.
- Sophomore Malik Cooke paced the team and matched his career high with 10 rebounds. That marked the second time he has led the team in rebounding this year. - Cooke also set a career best with six steals in the game.
- A game after shooting a season-high 51.7 percent from the field Tuesday at Colorado State, Nevada made just 34.0 percent of its attempts tonight, including a season-low 14.3 percent from three-point land (3-21).
- Nevada continues its four-game homestand on Tuesday with Sonoma State. Tuesday’s game at Lawlor Events Center will tip off at 7:05 p.m. and can be heard on Nevada’s radio flagship, ESPN 630 AM, and its radio affiliates throughout the state.

Nevada Quotes

 

Nevada guard Lyndale Burleson

 

On the game:

“It was a tough game. We all played really hard. They just outplayed us. It was a tough loss.”

 

Nevada forward Luke Babbitt

 

On the game:

s“It’s frustrating. We let ourselves down. We let our fans down, but one game doesn’t make a season.”

 

“Give UNLV’s defense credit. They played really tough defense. It seemed like a lot of shots went in and out. It wasn’t our night offensively. Give them credit.”

 

On the team:

“We got a lot of things to work on. Defense was more than one thing.”

 

Nevada guard Armon Johnson

 

On the game:

“We lost to a good team. We wanted to play hard. We had some minimal lapses. We’ll have to work on that tomorrow.”

 

Nevada head coach Mark Fox

 

On the game:

“I’m very disappointed for our fans, our students, our faculty and our team. We finished second. You don’t get silver medals in this game. We didn’t shoot the ball well. It’s frustrating. We played very good defense for a half, but you’ve got to get a few balls to drop. You put too much pressure on your defense when you don’t score.”

 

On UNLV:

“They’re experienced. I thought Rougeau’s experience really showed. Their seniors made some experienced plays.”

 

On the start of the second half:

“I was very disappointed with our start of the second half defense. It’s been an issue with this team.”

UNLV Quotes

 

UNLV guard Ren Rougeau

 

On the game:
“We really wanted this win. Nevada is a very talented team with Armon Johnson and Luke Babbitt. They just played really hard tonight and I was proud of our guys. Everybody made a big step tonight.”

 

On the physicality of the game:

“We knew it was going to be very physical. I told the guys before the game that we’ve got to be really physical tonight. Everybody did a good physical job rebounding.”

 

On his style of the game:
“I just got to get back to playing my game. I talked to my parents and Coach [Lon] Kruger and they just want me to do all the little things that I can do. I just tried to take my time and the guys found me.”

 

UNLV head coach Lon Kruger

 

On the second half performance:

“In the second half we made better plays for each other. We moved the ball well and we made opportunities for each other.”

 

On Nevada forward Luke Babbitt:
“Luke Babbitt is such a good player. He’s a tough match up because he can go out on the floor and he can score inside. He’s also a good rebounder. I thought as a group we battled him pretty well in the first half.” 

 

On UNLV defense:
“I thought we made some smart plays. We made some good switches. We rebounded the ball really well, which I thought is our best all year.

 

On the second half:

“Oscar [Bellfield] made some big plays. Wink [Adams] got a couple drives. In the second half I thought we were more aggressive.”

 

 


 

 

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