Jan. 5, 2013
Utah State Head Coach Stew Morrill…
“I’m really proud of our guys first of all. It would have been so easy for them to just fold the tent. Idaho was scoring at will, we were really struggling to score. They had a very good defensive game plan. I think they’re really solid defensively. The patience on the last play of regulation was amazing. They guarded pretty well. Jarred (Shaw) could have jacked one up, we could have jacked one up a lot of times. We waited until Preston (Medlin) did like he did at Santa Clara and he found a way to make a three. He hadn’t been having a great shooting night, so once we got to overtime, other than free throws, we did what we needed to do to win the game.
“Idaho has got a good basketball team. They’ve played eight of 11 games on the road and we’ve played four in eight days. It would have mentally been really easy to just kind of quit because you’re worn out. We didn’t do that. We made enough plays. We really need to get better in some areas, but right now we need to enjoy the win. We’ll go back to the drawing board in a couple of days and try and get better in some of those areas.”
Sophomore Center Jordan Stone…
On how acting as Kyle Barone in today’s practice helped him tonight:
“I think it helped. We went through all the plays today in practice with me acting as him so I kind of knew what was coming.”
On the key plays he had tonight and the excitement of it:
“I didn’t really know what to expect coming in to tonight’s game. I didn’t even know if I was going to play or not. Going in I just wanted to do whatever I had the chance to do. It was a struggle and we had to battle our way back. I have to give the credit to them. They were taking away a lot of our shots and getting in the way of our plays.”
Junior Guard Preston Medlin…
“We ran the play and didn’t have the look so we just kind of went with what we had. I just happened to set a nice little screen on that handoff and got open and hit the shot. I feel like I want the shot and want to see how far I can take it. It was a big shot for us. They were on me hard the whole time and were playing great defense on us. I made it when it counted and that’s when our team really needed it. In overtime I knew that I wanted the ball in my hands and that I wanted to shoot it. I was trying to be aggressive and my shots were finally going in. It felt good and was good for the team. The guys were out there rebounding and playing hard. Spencer (Butterfield) and Ben (Clifford) had some great offensive rebounds for us. That was big time for us and we fought hard to win this game.”
Idaho Head Coach Don Verlin…
“You’ve got to give the credit to Preston Medlin who made a heck of a shot. We didn’t execute the way we were supposed to on that last play and didn’t get it done. That’s the way it goes. They got done what they needed to get done and made the three-point shot to get us into overtime. I thought our guys played extremely hard, as hard as they could. They battled like crazy. Our game plan was good. They got some offensive rebounds in the first half, but only five in the second half. With where we had it and how the last four or five minutes went, it’s obviously one that’s going to stick in our hearts for a while. We did a lot of good things and we grew up a lot tonight as a team.”
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