Men's Basketball Postgame Quotes vs. UTSA

Dec. 20, 2011

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HEAD COACH James Dickey
On the momentum swings

"I'm happy that we won obviously. It was unusual in the fact that there was only one lead change in the whole game. We were down eight in the first half. Coming back and getting ahead two before the half was big for us. We got up eight in the second half, and we had the ball. During that situation, you have to understand time, situation momentum and score. We had a chance to go up double figures and instead of penetrating to the middle, we turned the ball over with a walk. They went down and hit a three, and it was a dog fight the rest of the way."

On the defensive play
"Our defense at the end of the game was a little better. We didn't let the ball get deep. We were going to foul had Jonathon hit the free throws. We did a better job of our defense."

On the unselfish play of his team
"One thing that was impressive was we had 21 assists on 29 baskets. We did a good job there."

On his teams play in the second half
"We did a better job in the second half on the boards and getting to the free throw line."

On if he was nervous during the last shot
"No, because if you keep the ball behind the 3-point line and have them coming away from the basket like he was, then that's a tough shot. I felt much more comfortable. We did a good job on Franklin on flattening him out over the floor and then a good job chasing Johnson."

On playing against their zone
"Our interior passing got better as the game went on, and we did a good job of displaying patience in the second half as far as finding the right people."

On if it feels good to win
"It's great to win. We made it hard on ourselves, but the good thing about it is we didn't do everything right, and we still won. We found a way to win. It was a good win and something we can build on. It's a short turnaround for us so we have to get in bed tonight and really be ready for tomorrow evening. This is a good win."

On the play of the guards
"They took better care of the ball. They're going to get better we just can't have sloppy turnovers."

"They're a good ball club. They have good guards, and (head coach) Brooks (Thompson) gives them a lot of confidence. This was one of our best preparations at home once we got back from Oklahoma. The mental and physical preparation was the best we've had."

On if Melvin Johnson III's last second shot brought the feeling of déjà vu

"After losing all those close games, every day in practice (head) Coach (James) Dickey will set up a situation on the clock with three seconds left, and we'll run a play and play defense against the situation."

On how he tried to keep the team motivated
"I wasn't myself the first half, so in the second half, I knew I had to pick it up for the team. I needed to play defense, finish and look for the guards that were open."

On the close win being an emotional boost
"We finally got a win. The 0-2 losing streak bent our confidence a little, so this win means a lot to us."

JUNIOR GUARD Jonathon Simmons
On if Melvin Johnson III's last second shot brought the feeling of déjà vu

"In the second half, we got it together, and we didn't want to lose this game. I wasn't worried that he would make the shot. "

On what the momentum at the end of the first half bring to the second half
"The momentum showed in the second half because we were right on them. Basketball is a game of runs, and we both made our runs, but at the end of the day we got it done."

On playing back-to-back
"It's why we play basketball. We practice everyday, and we practice like it's a game. Our preparation leads us to situations of playing back-to-back."



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