Dec. 21, 2010
Dec. 21, 2010
HOUSTON HEAD COACH James Dickey
"I was really happy for the team because they won and I wanted them to enjoy the next four days with their family during this special time of the year. But I also told them when we get back we have to get better. We need to improve on the defensive end and overall we have to get better."
"Our energy level was better. I felt that if we could ever get ahead, it'd be a lot easier to win the game. We had a bunch of guys who hit some big shots for us tonight - (Darian) Thibodeaux, Adam Brown and Zamal Nixon. We got to the free throw line 30 times, which was good but we only made 17 of them. We need to improve on that. We had several guys miss and I know some of them are better than that."
"A huge play in the game was when Mo missed the free throw at the end, Kendrick kept it alive and then Mo put the ball in."
"I was proud of our guys during the stretch. You usually want to run a play where you have a chance to tip it in if you don't score but we had to do it a little different because there was a six-second difference on the shot clock. Our guys did an excellent job of executing and taking up the shot clock. They did a good job working the ball to Kendrick (Washington) who made a nice power move. Our defensive awareness was outstanding the last possession. I was hoping Adam would make both free throws but after he missed the first we told him to miss the second."
"I'm really happy that we won and thought we had some guys make some big plays for us. We had more bounce offensively and more variety and the guys responded well."
On Adam Brown
"Adam can really shoot the ball and he has a lot of confidence in his shots, and his teammates know that. He can shoot the three-pointer well, is pretty good off the dribble and can do other things well. Him and Thibs both need to do a better job getting to the glass though. We need to get our guards to the line more. Zamal did a nice job not settling for jump shots to go with his great game of 11 assists and three steals."
On the defense
"We have to be tighter defensively and make sure we don't give up any baskets. We need to take more pride in being a defensive team. When you get to league play, defense, rebounding and taking care of the ball gives you a chance to win on the road. Those are areas we're really going to concentrate on when we get back."
On Christmas practice
"This will be the first time I haven't practiced on Christmas night. I promised my wife if I ever got another coaching job I wouldn't practice on Christmas night. We're going to come back on the 26th."
On Sam Houston State
"Sam Houston is a very good basketball team; I'm anxious to follow them during the rest of their season and into their league play. Coach Hooten has done a really good job replacing Coach Marlin who did an outstanding job there. I like their team - they have scorers, two point guards, a strong inside game."
On future games with Sam Houston State
"I really like Coach Hooten and their program. One of the things we're going to be interested in is regional games like Sam Houston and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. We'll certainly need to sprinkle in some national games as well. But we would be receptive to that idea and I hope they would as well."
On Nick Heywood and Kirk Van Slyke
"Nick has a hip pointer and he will be a little sore. He couldn't go the rest of the game. Kirk took a little shot and got the wind knocked out of him. They should both be fine and ready to go Sunday."
"Merry Christmas to everyone and happy holidays."
SENIOR GUARD Adam Brown
On the wining basket
"It's been a play we've been executing very well at practice. Coach has been very positive about the play. It was my chance to come in there and finish."
On taking the lead in the second half and keeping the momentum
"In the first half, we thought we had more energy than them. They were just executing and hitting hard shots but we thought we could outrun them more on all positions and have more intensity throughout the game. Everybody came ready to play and the second half we just applied out will."
On trading baskets
"Its just basketball. We're going to hit some shots and they are too. It's the matter of who is going to buckle down and play that one possession of defense we needed and we happen to be that team tonight."
On the importance of going on break with a win
"It's huge. Any breaks you go into you don't want a bitter taste in your mouth. You always want to have confidence. Our team can come back after the break and know that the last time we were out here we won. They always saying "winning is contagious. Why not try to get one when we come back."
On the last minute of the game
"I got a little lazy with the ball. I started to play with it and not make good decisions with it. Their best player stole it from me and he shot the ball and I knew I had to get up high and contest it. I got the offensive rebound and we knew we had to come down and execute the play."
On the break
"We have a little time off. We leave with a lot of responsibility. You can go on break and lose your focus in mid season. That's why Coaches don't like giving little breaks. We have to go out with the mindset that we will come back as better individuals and as a team."
On how important getting a win before break was coming into this game
"It was something on our mind the whole practice. We lost a tough game on Saturday and that's just not a feeling we want to accept as a whole. Coach Dickey expects more from us. We had to come out and play had during practice and this weeks practice was more intense. We carried that over into tonight's game."
"This past week I have been getting up a lot of extra shots. Coach Dickey has been critiquing my shot and helping out with it. It is jut a rhythm and shooters need to get in a rhythm. I think that 3-pointer got me in my rhythm."
SOPHOMORE FORWARD Kendrick Washington
On his last game winning basket
"My senior year of high school. Two seconds left and my teammate shot it and it came off the rim and I dunked it."
On the last play coming to him
"I was ready. I wasn't nervous and just had to do it like I was at practice."