Dec. 8, 2012
HOUSTON HEAD COACH James Dickey
On the final ten minutes of the game
"It was a 45 minute game and we looked like the guys I recognized for only ten minutes. The last five minutes in regulation we played our tails off, and then played hard in overtime. We didn't play extremely cerebral."
On how Texas Southern kept pressure on
"Mike (Davis) does a great job. Their teams play well. Ray Penn and Omar Strong can shoot the ball. Not only can they shoot it, but they can make it."
On how they were able to get back in the game
"We had some guys make some big plays. House hit a huge three to put it in overtime. In overtime, TaShawn (Thomas) and Joe (Young) made three-point plays. We had some guys make some good plays. I'm happy that we won, but disappointed that we didn't play harder earlier. That's part of my job, and we have to get better at that. If you play this great game, you have to be inspired to play for 40 minutes. That's the way Texas Southern played. They ran some good stuff."
On the play of junior forward J.J. Richardson
"J.J. Richardson gave us some good energy. He's only practiced for two days after being out almost seven weeks. I was reluctant to play him, but he brought some energy. The first thing he did when he came in was get a rebound. Couldn't have done any better."
On Texas Southern making it tough
"I knew it would be a tough ballgame but I didn't expect us to be down 11 with nine minutes to go and then down nine with five to go, but I'm really happy that we won."
On the shooting of Texas Southern guards Raymond Penn and Omar Strong
"Mike Davis does a good job of running some sets for them, and their teammates understand to get them the ball and when to get it to them."
On the game-tying shot by freshman forward Danuel House
"I was just hoping that baby was going in. He shot it with a lot of confidence. I'm glad it went in. What was I thinking? Go in baby, go in."
On continuing to play Texas Southern in the future
"It is a big game. We tried to tell our guys that. We have to mature in terms of understanding that everybody has good players. We have to bring an `A' game every night. You may not shoot the ball well but you can control how hard you play. You can control your enthusiasm for the game. We have to have a sense of urgency every time we come out, and we can't relax against anybody. We can't just show up against anybody."
HOUSTON SOPHOMORE FORWARD TaShawn Thomas
On the game
"Coming into this game we knew it was going to be tough for us. These guys are right across the street, so we are very familiar with them. To start we didn't come ready to play. In the second half they started to pull away, and we kept telling each other to stick together. The last ten minutes we were able to pull through."
On defending Texas Southern
"They are extremely fast from the top of the key to the baseline. Omar (Strong) and Raymond (Penn) are great shooters. They started off extremely hot but once we started to pressure them they started missing shots. Coach told us they could shoot, but we did everything we possibly could to stop them."
On what Coach Dickey said in the second half
"He said keep pecking away at their lead. Their crowd helped get them energized throughout the game, and Coach told us that our fans deserved us to give our best effort. We stayed together, and kept pecking away at their lead, and we ended up catching up to them."
On the play of Joseph Young
"We all know that Joe can make big shots. He had a couple shots that I knew immediately were going in. We all trust him, and he knows that so it makes it easier for him to take control when he needs too."
HOUSTON FRESHMAN FORWARD Danuel House
On the last play of the game
"All I was thinking about was if I get the ball in my hands I'm going to shoot like I have in practice with Coach (Alvin) Brooks. I really wanted to nail that shot to send my team to overtime. Coach Brooks and I work on that shot all the time, and I knew it was going in when it left my hand."
On the play of J.J. Richardson
"He has been helping us in practice, and we finally got to see him in action today. He gave us a ton of energy, and he was the defensive presence that we needed. He is a big body out there, so when he sets screens it makes our job easier to attack the basket."
On defensive identity
"We want to have the identity of being extremely aggressive on the defensive end. When you're aggressive on defense the other team starts to worry more about you, rather than what their job is. The last ten minutes we played today on defense is what we need to do for 40 minutes every time we step on the court."
TEXAS SOUTHERN HEAD COACH MIKE DAVIS
"It was a great game for both teams. That was the best effort I've seen this year from us. They made big shots down the stretch. (Joseph) Young is a very good basketball player You have to applaud Coach (James) Dickey; he really coached his butt off today. He called timeouts in the right spot, and made sure they got the ball to their playmakers. Being able to get the ball to Young and (TaShawn) Thomas was crucial for them. We were undisciplined down the stretch and missed too many free throws. For us to come in and get better as a basketball team was the objective."
On the second half
"The 1-and-1's killed us. If you make the front end of that then we can finish the game off. They beat us on every loose ball on the floor. As a coach, I have to be able to settle my team down. We didn't execute down the stretch, and we had guys out of place in certain situations. In practice we'll work on having guys in the right spot."
On overtime games this season
"We had a double overtime game against Colorado that we came up short on. As a coach it's my job to have my team prepared for these situations. It's on me, not our players. They played their hearts out today. I've got to do a better job of coaching."