Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes vs. Grambling State
Nov. 17, 2012
HOUSTON HEAD COACH James Dickey
"We shared the ball well. We had 11 assists at halftime and didn't turn the ball over. I would have liked to have seen us shoot over 50 percent, but if you look at Leon (Gibson) and Jherrod Stiggers, it makes it kind of difficult when you have that kind of night shooting."
"I'm proud of the number of times we got to the free throw line. We got there 29 times, but we only hit 18. We have some guys who are better free throw shooters than that. Danuel House and Leon are much better free throw shooters. Both of those guys went 2-6, so that's eight misses right there from two key players."
"Joe (Young) and House were just like starters, so there was a high expectation level for them coming off the bench. Both of them did a good job of driving the ball and sharing it. Our shot selection was good, and I liked the way we handled the game. I would have liked to have seen more assists in the second half, but we had a 2-1 assist-to-turnover ratio."
"The majority of the game the guys did a good job looking for their teammates. We made some progress in terms of the way we played. The games are going to get tougher as you move forward, but I was pleased because we looked at Grambling State on film, and they've really played some good basketball. (Terry) Rose has been averaging right at 20 points per game. Nobody had been able to shut him down, but he had seven in the first half, and we challenged the guys in the second half, and he only had two."
"Our awareness was much better. We went through a stretch there where I did something unusual. I wholesale substituted simply because we gave up two offensive rebounds, and defensive board play has been a high goal of ours. I just wanted to get the guys attention. We went through a stretch where they were a little bit soft, and they threw in a couple of threes but for the most part I was pleased with our guys."
On the focus of the team
"I'm much more pleased. One of the things we talked about was no matter who is in the game, no matter what the score is, we're playing hard for 40 minutes. That was our theme at halftime. We set the score at 0-0, went back and played hard. I was pleased with our focus for the majority of the game. Our bench enthusiasm was good. We have to keep building on team chemistry."
On the spark from sophomore guard Joseph Young and freshman forward Danuel House
On the team's depth
On the play of forward Danuel House
On preparation for Louisiana College on Monday
HOUSTON SOPHOMORE FORWARD TaShawn Thomas
On offensive production tonight
"Coach (James Dickey) has really emphasized setting screens for our guards. When we set screens for them, it allows the shots on the court to open up. If we accomplish that, then we are capable of putting points on the board."
On having the big lead
On Monday's game
HOUSTON SOPHOMORE GUARD Joseph Young
On the team depth
"We have a great group of guys. Everybody played really well and did what was needed to get the win. Being prepared for a game makes the game go smoother."
On being prepared for the game
On coming off the bench
HOUSTON JUNIOR GUARD Brandon Morris
On adjusting to the new setting
"The transition has been great. I have great teammates and being able to spread the ball tonight was the key to getting the win."