Dec. 15, 2012
HOUSTON HEAD COACH James Dickey
"I'm really happy with our team and the win. We shot the ball well from the three-point line tonight. The stats that are great are the 32 field goals and 23 assists. We did a great job sharing the ball. Some things we can get better at are getting to the free throw line and getting more points in the paint. They are a much better team than their record would indicate, so I was very happy with tonight's win.
I appreciate our administration and university for allowing us to play on a Saturday during finals. That's huge for us, and I'm proud of the way our guys responded."
On the penetration that created shots
"We gave up too many points in the paint, but a lot of our passes came from the paint. One of the things we say is that we have to get to the paint, either to get the block, to penetrate or pitch. That makes the defense collapse and it's a better three-point shot. We got pretty hot in the first half with Danuel [House]. You have to recognize the guy who has a hot hand like that, and our guys did a good job of getting him the ball."
On sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas's contributions tonight
"We don't really care who is the highest scorer of the night. Everybody is going to have their night at some point. He did a good job on the boards. He went 3-4 at the free throw line and didn't force anything."
On the high number of field attempts
"I didn't try to hold them back because we had a hot hand. You have to have a feel for the game, and we talked to our guys about that. If we're not as hot we need to back it off, drive and get the ball inside. We got some good looks, but just because it's a missed shot don't mean it's a bad shot, we just have to get more open. We ask them to get balanced, get comfortable and take a good look. We gave them some freedom tonight, and they took good shots and had a high percentage."
On finishing the game strong
"The three point line changes the psychology of the game. Whenever someone makes a three the opponent thinks they are about to go on a run. The offense really fed off how well we defend and rebound. I didn't want us to relax there at the end."
HOUSTON SOPHOMORE GUARD Joseph Young
On the offensive production tonight
"The way our team is built anybody can step up and become our leading scorer. One night it could be J.Rod [Jherrod Stiggers] and the next night it could be J.J. [Thompson]. We have some great shooters on this team, and when we get open looks things become easier. Coach Dickey tells us to get the ball to the guy who is hot, and tonight that was [Danuel] House. He was the guy with the hot hand."
On the tempo of the offense
"Our guards really set the tempo for us tonight. They were able to get inside the paint, and once the defense collapse on them they found the open man. The point guards get all the credit tonight."
HOUSTON FRESHMAN FORWARD Danuel House
On the three point shooting tonight
"We got a lot of great looks from the field. Coach Dickey talked to us about sharing the ball and making the extra pass. Tonight, we did a great job of sharing the ball to create open looks. There was a point where Joe [Young ] had to tell me to set my feet to make more shots. Being able to work the team offense was crucial for us tonight. I've been working with the coaches lately, which has helped my game. I ultimately have to thank my teammates for helping me get the open looks during tonight's game."