Nov. 20, 2010
HEAD COACH James Dickey
"I am pleased that we won the game and played as well as we did. We played in spurts. Before the half, we had a nice run going by sharing the ball and moving. Our tempo was better when we didn't hold it and dribble too much.
In the second half, we wanted to build on that lead. We played even with them for a long period, and they cut it down to 12 (points) at one point. We did a better job of sharing the basketball. We didn't turn the ball over that much.
The two disappointing areas are 16-of-25 from the free throw and 11 offensive rebounds that we gave up in the second half. That should not have happened. Off their 16 offensive rebounds in the game, they got 16 second-chance points. That's an area we have to improve on.
We are going to be a good free throw shooting team. I like the way we get to the free throw line. We always emphasize making more free throws than our opponents shoot, and we accomplished that. However, we missed way too many at the line.
Our defense was pretty good initially. We didn't complement that with board play."
On emphasis in the game
"I wanted to play as well as we possibly could. They are a good team for their level. We wanted to play the way we could play. We did that in a lot of areas. Our guys competed. I didn't like the fact that we let the lead slip down to 12."
On balanced scoring
"We don't care who scores. It's about ball movement and player movement. We have to play the game inside-out. That doesn't mean the big guys are going to shoot every time, but we have to throw that ball inside. Getting Kendrick (Washington) back gives us another dimension. He is big and strong. He always shoots a high percentage.
"I was really happy with Mikhail McLean. He came in and really did a nice job for us. Darian (Thibodeaux) shot the ball well for us. Mo (Maurice McNeil) did some good things. He really has done a good job for us. I was pleased that we had some nice balance."
SOPHOMORE FORWARD Kendrick Washington
On his return to Hofheinz Pavilion
"It was very simple, because we still practice together and we still have the same team chemistry. This was just a different situation. We came in and played well together like we usually do in practice and everything just clicked at the same time."
On emphasis placed on getting the ball inside
"Last year, we were playing with four guards and one big guy and it just didn't get the job done. Now, we are playing with three guards and two big guys and it works better. We are getting more rebounds and it's easier because everyone is playing as a team."
On emphasis in Saturday's game
"The emphasis in this game was to take our time, trust each other, pick up on every ball screen, talk and just help each other more."
JUNIOR GUARD Darian Thibodeaux
On rebounding from the loss against Louisiana Tech
"We played pretty decent coming back from a loss. Everyone wanted to get back on the floor and get after our next opponent. Overall, we played pretty decent, but there is always work to be done."
On how the team was able to cut down on turnovers
"We just focused on our passing more and making the right decision."