Dec. 8, 2007
Houston vs. Southern Quotes
Senior Dion Dowell
On his performance:
"I was able to get hot during the first half. My teammates did a good job of finding me where I was able to hit good shots. We played good. We have a big test coming up ten days from now when we play Kentucky. That's going to be a pivotal game for us and we will have to be on our "A" game against them."
On second half performance:
"Second half I didn't want to force nothing. With our offense I don't get a lot of shots so I try to get rebounds."
On stepping in to fill the void left by a injured Marcus Cousin:
"Tafari (Toney) played good tonight. Nick (Mosley) came in and he did what he had to do to get rebound and pressure in the inside. I was able to get a couple of rebounds and that's my job to rebound and block shots."
Sophomore Kelvin Lewis
On playing against the zone which gave him good looks to shoot:
"Their zone gave me some good looks a little bit. I was just cutting through the zone as hard I could trying to create space for my teammates, but just so happen I got the ball and the opportunity to shoot."
"It felt good to get all those looks because I've been working hard everyday and the hard work paid off."
Senior Lanny Smith
On taking on Southern's full court press:
"The strength of our team is our depth especially in the guard position. I don't think there are too many teams in the country that can press us full court. So we were able break in a get down court to find our shooters. Dion (Dowell) was on in the first half so once we were able to break down the press we kicked out to him for threes. I think that kind of broke their spirit. They were feeling the pressure and they fell back."
On looking for open shooters and breaking the press:
"My whole career I've been a pure point guard. I always want to set my teammates up first. As of right know I'm just back off from having the flu my job right now is just to give everybody the ball. Once I get my strength back and get my legs up under me I'm sure that my shot will come back strong. But when we have guys shooting good it just make job easier. So if they continue hit shots like that it will open up for me."
On handling the ten day layoff before the Kentucky game:
"It's going to be nothing but work. I think we took care of this home stretch like we were suppose to. Now we are going into the Kentucky game at 9-1 that's a big game for us. We want to prove that we are moving up in the upper level and knocking off a team like Kentucky would help."
Head Coach Tom Penders
On expecting to be 9-1 going into the 10 day layoff:
"This is what I wanted to be (9-1). Coming into the season, I figured Puerto Rico (Tip Off) was going to be tough and it was going to be difficult to come out there better than 2-1. If a miracle happened maybe we would've been able to come out there 3-0, but 9-1 was our goal as a coaching staff. You never say that to the players until we lose the first game, but after we lost that heartbreaker to VCU we talked about being 9-1 heading into final exams and Kentucky."