Fresno State at Utah State post-game quotes
Jan. 3, 2018

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Utah State head coach Tim Duryea:
"It was a tremendous college basketball game. Both teams played really well. We had a stretch there in the second half where we did not play very well offensively after really doing a good job offensively in the first half. That coincided with them being really hard to guard in the stretch there toward the end of the game where Bryson Williams was just unbelievable. We regrouped there at the end, and it showed a lot of guts. When you end a game on a 10-0 run when you're down, that shows a lot of what our guys are made of and the mentality that they took into the game. Just a tremendous home win. Those are fun when you come out on the right end of them. A really, really good college basketball game. Guys were playing hard, competing on both sides.

“Obviously, the one downer for us is Alex Dargenton's ankle. Alex did a tremendous job when he was in there. Probably had his best game as a low post player in his career. Hated to see him go out. But, Koby McEwen was Koby McEwen tonight and was getting downhill on top of that rim and doing a really good job there. We had to make a lot of stops at the end of the game, and those weren't easy stops. There was a lot of stuff going on, a lot of communication, a lot of switching, a lot of doubling, a lot of helping. Our guys really executed and did what they had to do. I let my guard down for a second, I thought after Koby made the first one, he would make the second one. He's been in that situation before, so I thought we were home and then kind of had to jack it back up in the timeout. But what we talked about was ‘hey, if somebody would have told us five or 10 minutes ago that we were going to get to overtime, we would have taken it.’ We got here, so let's take advantage of it." 


 

 

Sophomore guard Sam Merrill:
"That was a fun one. A gritty win for us. We haven't had a lot of those the last couple years. We were down, found a way to come back, guarded really well in the last three minutes in overtime and our defense is what won that game."

USU sophomore guard Koby McEwen:
"A very good Fresno State team. Very talented one through five and they have a good bench as well. We executed the game plan really well, we took out who we needed to take out. We slipped up a little bit, but our intensity defensively and our communication helped us out. We were sharing the ball offensively, getting good looks and we fought until the end, until the zeros on the clock."

Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry:
"Our emphasis in the first half was the same emphasis we had in the second half, we just executed a little bit better in the second half in terms of trying to get some things done on our terms. For whatever reason, we give them a lot of credit for the way they played in the first half. They were shooting 58 percent in the first half. You have to come out and we tried to talk about how we had to come out and defend and really try to do a good job. It’s a good offense that plays really well at home, obviously, but you can't let a team shoot 58 percent in the first half. We were much better in the second half, we held them to 35 percent in the second half. Then down the stretch you have to close the game out. We had opportunities to do that whether it was at the foul line or missing layups. There were opportunities there to still, even with all the things that occurred throughout the course of the game, to finish the game, and we didn't do that. Even in overtime, those guys they made plays, they made their free throws, they made their layups. So, at the end of the day, you just have to close the game out. Games are hard to win on the road. You have an opportunity to do it, you have to step in and do it."

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