Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes vs. Utah Valley
Nov. 14, 2011
HOUSTON HEAD COACH James Dickey
"I was disappointed at how we lost our biggest lead by taking some ill-advised shots and a bad turnover before the half and did not shoot free throws very well. We won the first five minutes of the game but lost the last five."
Thoughts on rebounding and defense down the stretch "You could only tell they were going to drive right so many times, and I was hoping we were going to figure it out. At the 12-minute mark, we got a little fatigued. In the second half, we gave away some easy shots and putbacks, but then we really had to lay down and play defense and make plays offensively."
On Alandise Harris improving his shot "He really works on his shot in the gym. To take advantage of his athleticism, he has to be an inside-out player. We want him to shoot ball but also get in there and use his strength and his quickness."
On J. J. Thompson bringing a spark to the game "He has gotten so much better defensively. He wants to be a ball hog and put pressure on them. He created a couple of steals and pushed the ball hard in transition. He is just getting better and better."
On Kirk Van Slyke improving since last season "He has gotten bigger and more physical. He isn't shooting that ball right now like he is capable. His free throws and presence were huge for us down the stretch tonight. We needed him because he can rebound and defend. He also stretches the defense."
On defending Isiah Williams
"We didn't guard him very well in the first half. We thought Williams and Robinson could cause us the most problems when looking at the scouting report because they can score and are relentless. Tip, J.J. and Joe made some adjustments and did a good job in the second half. Tip has to be the defensive stopper."
On dictating game tempo "We felt like they were a team that was going to run a lot of sets and special scoring plays. We needed to adjust, but we covered their sets pretty well."
On the team's progress "I love the fact that we are 2-0. Our attitude is great, and we listen very well. They want to get better, and their attitude is very positive."
On Utah Valley being aggressive
On the shooting streak in the second half
On being more consistent defensively
On Alandise Harris
On the quickness and confidence of Utah Valley point guard Isiah Williams
On shooting more free throws as a team
On how he feels after the first two games
On gaining control early
On boxing out Utah Valley
On how he plays compared to last season
On the defense the last two minutes of the game
On how the team has improved since last season