Jan. 13, 2007
Houston Guard Robert McKiver
On Snapping Team's Five-Game Losing Streak
"It feels good to get a win and finally shake this losing streak. We need to have a short memory about this game like we have about the losses. It's over. We have to get back to practice and work hard. We have to take it one game at a time and get ready for Rice. I've been told by my teammates that it's a tough environment to play in.
On Having Complimentary Scorers
"It helps me to have Oliver hitting his shots. It allows me to conserve energy at times on the offensive end. Jahmar played great as well. The bottom line is that I want to win. It doesn't matter to me who scores the points, as long as we win. When they (Oliver and Jahmar) have their confidence up, it makes the team better."
Houston Guard Oliver Lafayette
On Rebounding from the Memphis Game
"Coach (Penders) got on my case about not scoring in the Memphis game so I knew I had to come out here and get things going early on the offensive end. I let the team down the other night against Memphis, so I laid it all on the line tonight."
On the Defense Leading to Offense
"Our offense is getter better and better, but so is our defense. Everyone is starting to get the defensive rotations down. Our defense is what leads to our offense, and that is what allowed us to get some easy looks tonight."
On Rice Next
"I've thrown the Rice game (at Autry Court) from last year out of my head. I know that I have to play well for our team to win. We're not looking at the Rice game as a rivalry game, but a game that we need to win to stay in the conference race."
Houston Forward Jahmar Thrope
On the Defense Early
"We have made defense our trademark the last two seasons, and we're starting to pick it back up again. We came out more focused and it showed. We can win a lot more games by using the defense like we did tonight."
On His Shooting
"Coach (Penders) has been on me about knocking down open shots when they're there. Just inside the three-point line has been my comfort zone the last couple of games, and those shots have been falling."
Houston Coach Tom Penders
On the Defense Early Taking SMU out of their Gameplan
"Our defense swarmed them early, and we did a good job of taking SMU out of their normal offense. They run a version of the Kansas high post. We had a good mix on defense between trapping and switching. That's how we built the 20-point lead. We came out today with great intensity even though we had only one day to prepare for SMU. Our kids were really focused, and they did a great job of executing on offense.
On Getting Oliver Lafayette Back on Track
"We need Oliver (Lafayette) to be successful. He can be successful when he goes into the lane and executes a jump stop. He's very effective when he doesn't throw up weak shots off of his drives. I see him execute everyday in practice."
On Trying to get more out of Dion Dowell
If we can get Dion Dowell to play harder, it's going to help us. I thought for the most part he was active defensively. There were some loose balls and rebounds he could have gotten. He's got to be a tiger on the boards for us."
On Marcus Malone
"Marcus (Malone) played a super game that will get overlooked in the stats sheet. He was another point guard out there for us. He made good decisions and was really focused on the defense end. He was one of the guys who was having problems early in the season picking up on all of the defenses that we run. It's showing in his play how hard he is studying. He's starting to come on and has some real confidence now. That's what we need."
On Rice Next
"It's a big game. They have had their way with us the last couple of times over there at Autry Court. We seem to bring out their `A' game every time we play them. We have to be prepared to play a great basketball game over there."