Nov. 14, 2010
HOUSTON HEAD COACH James Dickey
"I was really pleased with the way our guys came out to start the game. We got up early and then we relaxed, especially defensively, but also offensively. We didn't share the ball or jam it inside; we took some ill-advised jump shots."
"They hit some big free throws and out-rebounded us in the first half. We just didn't play that well in the beginning."
"Anytime you have four guys with double figures, that's great. The defense was better, but they can't play in spurts. This team has to play with the mentality that every possession is important. We had 20 assists in the game and that's really important to us."
"In the second half, we got up eight and that gave us the chance to get up by double-figures, which is important. Mo (Maurice McNeil) drove in from the post but didn't make the lay-up. We didn't transition hard and they tipped it in. Instead of us being up by double-figures, it ended up being a three-point game and they had a chance to come back and make it hard on us in the first-half."
On the second half
"We played pretty well the last 12 minutes of the game. In the start of the second-half, we were just trading baskets with them. We weren't guarding anyone and we were giving up lay-ups while being efficient offensively. Defensively, we finally locked it down. We finally got up by double-figures and that really helped. We rebounded better in the second half; they out-rebounded us in the first half, but we came back and did a lot better."
On Maurice McNeil
"Mo (McNeil) played great; I wish he would've shot free-throws a little better, but that was his second double-doubles already and we'll take that. He played really well for us and rebounded inside."
SENIOR FORWARD Maurice McNeil
On the second half
"We wanted to limit them to one shot. We knew if we could do that and get the rebound, we could run the floor and score on them. We definitely came out strong with our defense though."
On putting up double-doubles every game
"Absolutely! I'm going to try and get twenty-nine of them."
On his post play tonight
"I've been working on that part of my game all summer so I'm going to use it any chance I get."
SENIOR GUARD Adam Brown
On what the spark was in the second half
"Defense, it's always defense. Defense wins games."
On what the key was to cutting down the turnover
"Practice! We really didn't do anything different in practice that past day. We really shot ourselves in the foot on Friday. We didn't do that tonight, and the results showed."
On the performance
"We can play better. We need to play a whole game instead of just a half like we did today."
SENIOR GUARD Zamal Nixon
On what it was like in the locker room at halftime
"It wasn't too bad. Coach Dickey just got onto us about cracking down on defense, and telling us to be more solid. We gave them a lot of easy buckets in the first half. We just wanted to contain them in the second half, and we did that."
On his performance tonight
"Before the game coach told me to try to not turn the ball over, and that's what I tried to do. I think I did a good job of protecting the ball tonight."
On how his foot felt after his dunk
"It felt good. I think that's the cure for it. I will probably come back to reality once I unwrap it."