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Men's Basketball Quotes vs. SMU

Feb. 13, 2010

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HEAD COACH Tom Penders
OPENING STATEMENT

“This style of play for the game was something I expected today. I’ve watched a number of their games this year and no one can really seem to make them play a fast tempo. They played about 90-percent zone which means you need to hit some outside shots to open up the interior and we did a good job of that tonight.

“I don’t know how many teams are playing this late in the season and only making two turnovers in a game. We did a great job handling and protecting the basketball and that’s something you have to do in these types of games. I don’t like 66-60 scores; I’d prefer that to be that halftime score. But the main thing is getting the win and we were successful at that.

“We did a lot of good things tonight and it was a very good team effort. Some guys struggled a little bit and some guys came off the bench to contribute although it might not show up in the stat sheet. Adam Brown did a real good job defensively and if he could have hit a couple shots in the first half, he might have went off tonight because he’s been shooting the ball really well lately. Zamal Nixon did a really good job running the team with four assists and zero turnovers. Desmond Wade struggled a little bit but we were still able to get seven assists and one turnover from our point guard position.”

On SMU being able to control the tempo:
“They have a great senior point guard in Derek Williams. He’s able to control the tempo and he has the ball about 70-percent of the time they are on offense. He’s very adept at controlling the ball, when to push and who to go to. He’s an exceptional point guard and that is the key. I could make the comparison to our football team and Case Keenum is the master of tempo, just like Williams. I think he could play any style and this year they are doing a good job playing half court style.”

“I think Coach Doherty has made a nice adjustment to their style of play. Earlier in the year they were struggling trying to find their rotation but they’ve won a lot of games and have been in every single game since. They’ve gone on the road and played people tough and they’re a real good ball club. This league is a lot better than some people think it is. It is the best it has been in quality depth than it has been in a while.”

On Kelvin breaking his slump:
“I’m blessed with the three great seniors we have on the team with Kelvin, Aubrey and Sean. Kelvin is just such a great kid and he showed today why he is such a valuable part of our team. Not only did he end up with 29 points but he held his man (Robert Nyakundi) to three points on 0-6 shooting. If he was really on today, I think he would have had 40 or 50 points. We were getting him good looks and running a lot of zone offenses for him and we executed very well.”

On free throw shooting:

“Our free throw shooting lately has been a promising sign. We were 18-of-20 tonight and shot very well the last game against Western Kentucky. About 20 games a year come down to the foul lines whether you’re winning or losing. We need to keep it going.”

On the game being close at the end:
“I loved how we bounced right back. I thought the whole momentum turned on an over-the-back call on Aubrey and they went on 6-0 run to cut the 11 point lead to five real quick. The game can shift very quickly but we didn’t hang our head and got right back in it.”

On going forward:
“We played one of our most disappointing games against UCF and I know our players remember that. We need to get our defensive game plan down and hope that we shoot better than 25-percent this time, It’s a good series we have with them. We might face a ‘White Out’ night there in their beautiful arena. We love playing them and we might have the edge in the overall series but that doesn’t matter. They have a very good coach and their players play hard. They proved it last time they were here.”

SENIOR GUARD Kelvin Lewis
On his performance tonight:

“I want to first give glory to God and my teammates. I’ve been busting my behind in practice and working extra hard. My teammates kept getting me the ball and believing in me, and I just kept knocking down the shots.”

On SMU:
“SMU is a really good team and are one of the up-and-coming teams in this league. We couldn’t take our foot off the gas with these guys and they really showed that at the end. They have a great point guard in Derek Williams and another great player in Papa Dia. At the end we knocked down our free throws which was really big.”

On staying focused:
“Recently we have been really stressing the little things like getting the 50-50 balls, making our free throws, hustle plays. Those are the differences between winning and losing. We’ve also been focusing on boxing out and rebounding.”

On his shot selection:
“I was trying to lull them to sleep. Some of those shots were a little far out so they probably thought I didn’t have that range. My teammates know the spots I like to shoot from and they got me the ball in those places and it worked.”

On busting out of a shooting slump:
“Slumps will happen and when it does, I just try to focus on other things like defense and rebounding. I knew my luck would start to change as long as I kept practicing hard. I wasn’t stressing about it because I know I could bring my defense to the floor every day.”

On the four guard lineup:
“It’s a tough matchup for the other team offensively and defensively. When the extra guard comes in, I move to the four position and their four has to guard me on offense. I’m a little quicker so I can get the block, rebound or steal on their four. It’s an advantage for us both ways. It helps get us better looks because most likely I’ll have a big guy on me who is a little slower. We work the dribble-weave and the two-man down sets so I can find the cracks and hit my shots.”


SENIOR GUARD Aubrey Coleman
On shot selection:

“I was taking the same shots in the first part of the game as the later part but the shots just weren’t falling. I always think the next shot will go in so I just kept taking them. They were clogging up the lanes with their zone so I couldn’t drive, they wanted me to settle for the outside shots.”

On moving forward:
“We’re going on the road now. We’re going to focus on the conference tournament, that’s our big goal right now. It’s wide open for us.”


 

 

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