HEAD COACH Kelvin Sampson
“Our attention to detail, especially things we worked on, was better. We made a lot of improvements from the exhibition game to this game in almost every area. We had 22 turnovers in first game and a lot of it was my fault because of who I was subbing in and guys were out of position. We had so many different lineups. I didn’t care about that. Once we got our group together, and put everyone in the roles they should be in we will be a lot more consistent.
“I coached the game tonight a lot like I would in a normal game. We kept our main guys in the minutes they should be in. They still didn’t play a lot of minutes. Nobody played more than 26, 27 minutes. We were able to get a lot of guy’s minutes. Anytime early in the season when you have 24 assists versus eight turnovers that’s a good start.
“I like the way we defended on the perimeter. We did some good things on the defensive boards. We need to get so much better defensively. We need to get so much better at rebounding. We need to continue to improve in those areas. When we start getting satisfied thinking we’ve got this figured out, that’s when they’ve accepted losing. We just need to keep getting better.
“Morgan State had 12 offensive rebounds tonight, they shouldn’t have 12 against us. That means we’re not defensive rebounding well enough. Individually we had some good performances. When a team plays zone for 38 minutes the game is never going to be smooth. The fact we scored 93 points, shot 52 percent is good. We always want to rebound 50 percent of our misses; I think we were plus one tonight. There’s things we emphasize we were pretty good at and some we have to get better at.”
On the guards efforts
“Rob (Gray) has the tendency to make the game hard. Wes (VanBeck) makes the game easy. That’s why Wes has 9 assist and one turnover. He doesn’t ever try to do anything difficult. When you’re a talented kid sometimes you think there’s nothing you can’t do. The game and the film shows you what you should do.
“Rob (Gray) is a very talented offensive player who is improving. He made some plays tonight he couldn’t or wouldn’t make last year. He’s getting better. He’s a better player now than he has been in his career. I’m going to challenge Rob to keep getting better. I have a lot of faith in him. I have high expectations for him. He’s a big piece to what we do. Rob, Devin (Davis) and (Danrad) Knowles, that starting five are all capable of doing some great things. They’re going to get better and better as we go.”
On Galen Robinson Jr.
“Galen (Robinson Jr.) had a good offensive night in his role. Galen doesn’t have to score. There will be nights where Galen will get 10 or 12. There will be nights he will get 16. If he has a six to one assist to turnover ratio, then that’s good point guard play. I’ve seen a bunch of first nights. I don’t get carried away one way or another.”
On Armoni Brooks
“Armoni (Brooks) is a very talented offensive player. Armoni comes in with the right attitude every day. He’s a very coachable young man. His teammates work hard with him. He listens and pays attention. He just need to keep working, be more aggressive. What you saw tonight was why we recruited him. We don’t recruit guys because they can throw a ball towards the rim, we recruit them because they can make it.”
SENIOR FORWARD Danrad Knowles
On role as a starter
“It still feels the same way, I am kind of used to it. Coach (Sampson) just wants me to be aggressive every time I play, so I just continued to be aggressive. That’s my job.”
JUNIOR GUARD Rob Gray
On what he contributed tonight
“Simple play. He (Coach Sampson) was talking about how Wes (VanBeck) was making the game easy, I need to continue to make the game easy for myself and especially for those around me.
“One play that sticks out to me was when I drove and missed the layup, got the rebound and didn’t force anything. I gave it to Dot (Damyean Dotson). He knocked down a corner 3… just small things like that. Just understand and make the game simple, and it will work out the best for our team.”