Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes vs. Concordia

    Nov. 6, 2012

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    HOUSTON HEAD COACH James Dickey
    Opening Statement
    "(Concordia head) Coach (Stan) Bonewitz played for me at Texas Tech, so I'm glad to help him and help his program out by playing this game. He's going to have a nice team for his level."

    "Our guys came out and did a pretty good job. We did a lot of good things in the first half, except defensive board play. That is something we've really worked on and we've emphasized, and we'll continue to do. That will be our primary emphasis between now and Friday. There were a lot of long shots, but we still have to be more physical and box out. That was a disappointing thing."

    "We didn't get to the free throw line as much. We had too many turnovers in the first half and certainly gave up way too many points in the second half. Offensively, we're going to have to execute better and help each other score."

    "We have to do a much better job of being stingy defensively. We did a better job not turning the ball over in the second half. We had a lot of guys come in. Our bench enthusiasm was good."

    "There were a lot of good things that came out of it. Now, we have two hard days of work to get ready for Friday."

    On freshman forward Danuel House playing down low
    "We went with a smaller lineup. Obviously, they were small, and we gave Leon (Gibson) and TaShawn (Thomas) a blow and then alternated them some. We've done that before with Daniel and Leron (Barnes). We want to get some cuts to the basket where they can take smaller guys off a screen and be able to post them up down low. We want our guys to play the game inside out. We've done that in practice."

    On freshman center Valentine Izundu
    "I probably should have played him in the first half. I was not very happy with our rebounding so I just told him to get in there. I couldn't have been happier for him. He got a nice lay in and a dunk. His teammates want him to do well. He's making great strides. He's getting better and more physical. He actually yelled at somebody in practice the other day when he dunked on him."


     

     

    On Izundu's defense
    "He wants to play the five. He wants to get out there and block shots and defend and rebound. He can do that."

    On the team's unselfish play
    "We did a much better job in the second half with our assists. We had 12 in the first half and ended up with 29. We did a better job sharing the ball. When you score that many points, you should have a lot of assists."

    On the significance of an exhibition
    "This is a dress rehearsal for Friday. Any exhibition is that way. You want to go through your game day routine. The night before we go through the scouting report, our free throw routine and our shoot around. It's just a dress rehearsal to get ready for Friday when it really counts. We got guys into game situations and pressure, and those things help a lot.

    HOUSTON SOPHOMORE FORWARD TaShawn Thomas
    On the difference from last year to this year
    "I'm getting to step out more and being able to show my versatility instead of staying inside the entire time. In doing that I need to show my strength, and maintain my toughness when I am inside. I've gotten stronger since last year."

    On the fast start
    "I've been ready to play since the last game against UTEP. Coach Dickey always talks about the first five minutes of the game are the most important. I knew that if I started off fast, then the team would follow."

    On the team chemistry
    "Our team chemistry is great. I feel as though everybody on this team is a member of my family. This season we won't have any chemistry issues."

    HOUSTON SENIOR FORWARD Leon Gibson
    On the difference from last year to this year
    "I'm being more physical, and finishing the play is my main strength right now. As the season goes along, if I can continue that quality, we'll have a great season."

    HOUSTON FRESHMAN FORWARD Danuel House
    On his first college game
    "It was a lot of fun. It's definitely a much faster pace than high school. I have to adapt to the speed of the game more than the physical aspect. After I'm able to do that, I'll be looking for my coaches to guide me through the rest of the season."

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