HOUSTON HEAD COACH Kelvin Sampson
On his thoughts on the game
“We had a lot of opportunities. We started the game out up 13-6, and then Devonta (Pollard) had a rebound stripped, and they laid it in. That made it 13-8, and from there they went on like a 21-3 stretch. You can say “well change the offense, or do this different, or do that different”, and I would if we were not getting good looks.
Some of our turnovers were just mind-boggling. I called timeout one time just to remind our guys we were wearing white. Throw it to the guys in the white jersey. We had some head-scratching turnovers, but it’s good to see L.J. (Rose) back out there.
Last night we played against Houston Baptist, and it goes down to the wire. I was wondering about how we’d handle back-to-back with our energy level. It affected Devonta more than anybody. He’s our best free throw shooter and he went 0-4 tonight. We don’t have a huge margin of error, but give credit to Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Their kids came in here and fought and scrapped.”
On the season debut of junior guard L.J. Rose
“That was a positive. He probably played a few too many minutes, but I let him be the judge of that. Cramping was his problem. Good to get him in there. We’ll throw him back out there on Saturday and get him ready for next week. We’ll go to Las Vegas, and gear up for conference season.
We had a great road win up at Murray State, and this was a disappointing home loss. That kind of balances out. We probably won one we shouldn’t have won, and we probably lost one in our eyes we shouldn’t have lost. We’ve got to get better against zones. We haven’t seen any zone this year. Teams have mostly manned us. First time we’ve seen a zone. We didn’t attack it very well. I’ve got to do a better job of getting our guys prepared for zones. After tonight we may see more.”