Jan. 3, 2013
HOUSTON HEAD COACH James Dickey
"I was really pleased with the win. The only exception was the last four minutes right before the half, where we were up 16 and they went on a 12-2 run, which was disappointing. Other than that our guys did a really good job. We passed the ball well, found the open man, shared the ball, rebounded and defended much better in the second half. We defended pretty well in the first half except for that 4-minute stretch."
Jherrod [Stiggers] came off the bench and really played like he's capable of playing. He passed the ball as well, found the open man, played good defense, made a great run through and got a hammer dunk. That dunk was a really good play. He did a good job for us tonight.
Little J.J. [Thompson] and Big J.J. [Richardson] played well. They both did a good job isolating TaShawn [Thomas]. He certainly didn't force anything. We've got to get him to the free throw line more, and he's got to rebound the ball better. Danuel [House] had a solid game.
We shot a really high percentage in the second half. I would have liked to seen us get to the free throw line more than 20 times. We did a better job on the boards and took good care of the basketball. The press helped us.
They've got a nice little ball club. Ryan [Marks] does a good job with them. They execute extremely well. [Brandon] Provost can really shoot the ball, and [Aaron] Urbanus is a really clever player. They had four guys in double figures. I was disappointed that we gave up 71 points. I wish it would have been more in the 60s, but it's a good win for us."
On what surprised him the most about tonight's game
"The four minutes right before the half I was disappointed because we had really practiced well. At halftime you should go in with your biggest lead. We had a 16 point lead and went in with a six point lead. That was the biggest surprise and disappointment. We didn't play well that last four minutes, which is always a critical period."
On being more aggressive in the second half
"We had more pop. We came out pretty well. We have a lot of confidence in our offensive ability, but we can't fall into a situation where we are just completely settling for jump shots. TaShawn has to get more touches. That doesn't mean that he's going to get more shots. When you throw the ball inside it causes the defense to collapse and make a decision. We played defense in spurts. We were much more consistent in the second half. Our defense led to some offense for us."
On the three-point shooting of the big men
"We're going to let those guys shoot some perimeter shots, but as I told them they're going to have to sit down on the blocks some. They've got to get down low and demand the ball. We can't just float out on the perimeter every play because that takes you away from offensive rebounding. It takes you away from getting free throws, and it causes the defense to collapse. There are times where we have to sit more on the block."
On the play of junior forward J.J. Richardson
"J.J can shoot the ball well. J.J. got a little more comfortable tonight, and I was proud of the minutes that he gave us tonight."
On what the team needs to improve on going into conference
"Consistency, balance between inside outside and free throws. We have to do those things. We talk all the time about getting to the rack, throwing the ball to the block, getting your feet wet in the paint and getting to the free throw line. We have to have some balance there."
On the shooting of sophomore guard Joe Young
"It goes back to Joe bring a third-year guy and a second-year player. Anyone that knows Joe knows he can shoot the ball. What he's doing is he's getting shots within the context of what we're trying to do. He's not hunting shots. He's not taking bad shots. His teammates are doing a good job finding him. He has a lot of confidence. Guys that score points consistently get to the free throw line. He has to continue to drive. He's not just playing around the three point line."
On the team's chances in conference this year
"We're going to think about two things in the next week. We have six days, and in those six days we're going to concentrate on are getting better and getting ready for SMU. We're not going to look further than that. In conference play, everybody thinks they can win the league. The intensity level is going to rise. Everybody is going to start over and start 0-0. We've got to be ready for that first game. We can't afford to look past that. We've got to get better in the next six days leading up to SMU."
HOUSTON FRESHMAN FORWARD Danuel House
On offensive production today
"Today I saw that the three ball wasn't falling for me, so tonight I got a little closer. This week we worked on my mid-range game and it showed. I knew if I got closer I could get in a groove to knock shots down."
HOUSTON SOPHOMORE GUARD Joseph Young
On the offensive production in recent weeks
"Working hard in practice with the team and getting shots up. The more you play defense the better you'll be as a team."
On the three point shooting
"If it wasn't for the point guard play with everybody assisting then I wouldn't be able to make seven three pointers. I stayed focused, looked at the ball put it in my hands shot it and made it."
On balancing offensively as a team
"That's how our team is. Everybody in our offense can score. We help each other score, and if we can continue to do that then we'll be a great team."
On limiting the turnovers
"That's one thing we work hard on in practice. If you turn the ball over you'll get frustrated. We know that's not what we normally do."
On entering conference play
"We're ready for conference play. We have to play defense to be successful. We have to push the ball up and down the court. If we can do that we'll be good."