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March 12, 2009

Saint Mary's College Coach Randy Bennett
Opening Statement:

I was proud of our guys. It was a tough game. Tournament games-there is a lot of pressure on them. Bringing Pat (Mills) back, he got to play and shoot out a little bit. I thought they gave us the best chance to have our best team out there. I was really proud of all of our guys.

Senior Guard Patrick Mills
On his hand:
There were times where I tried to baby it a little bit, but I think it is just confidence getting back into the game knowing that my hand is fine and it is ready to go. It is a good warm up for tomorrow and once I got in the flow of things, it was all right.

Junior Center Omar Samhan
On the adjustment with Patrick Mills back:
The adjustment wasn't bad at all. We got to practice with him a little bit this week and we have played about 60 games together. The adjustment without him was much harder than the adjustment with him. It is good to have him back. It felt good to be out there. It was a team healthy just playing and having fun.

Senior Forward Diamon Simpson
On breaking the SMC steals record:
Actually I didn't know about the record. I think they told me after the game that I broke the record, which felt really good.

University of Portland Head Coach Eric Reveno
Opening Statement:
I am proud of our guys and the way they played. Tonight we started off, we had some pressure with these plays to back them off, and some plays we threw out of bounds. Then they got some breakaways and we just never got on top of things. It's the tale of our last two losses where we score more field goals and lose at the line. We have got to figure out how to rectify that.

On the importance of an NIT bid:
Post-season play is a different animal a little and the mind set. Give Saint Mary's credit. I think Saint Mary's is a championship team. So a NIT bid or another opportunity to play in a tournament where you lose and go home-I think that would be a good opportunity.

Junior Guard Nik Raivio
On being aggressive:
We tried to be as aggressive as we could. Guys like myself get to the line but we have got to make those. The last couple weeks I have been struggling with that, so we have go to work on that. As far as aggressive, they defended us pretty well.