Colorado State at Utah State post-game quotes
Jan. 10, 2018

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Utah State head coach Tim Duryea:
"Give Colorado State credit. They were tremendous. They had a great plan. We had two really good possessions to start the game offensively and felt like we were going to settle into the game in a rhythm, they called timeout and they proceeded to take us out of about everything we wanted to do in the first half. So, give them a lot of credit. We didn't respond very well. Like I told the players in the locker room after the game, this one's on me. I didn't have them ready to face what they were going to face. I didn't have them ready to respond the way we needed to respond. We kind of dug ourselves a hole on the scoreboard, but also mentally. First half, we were just stymied. We didn't move the ball, we didn't move ourselves, we were extremely stagnant on the offensive end. Then defensively, we really didn't execute our plan at all or take them out of anything that they wanted to do. They got us on ball screens, they got us on penetration, they got us on second shots. We just didn't have the defensive presence that we needed to have to withstand the offensive struggles that we were going through. Disappointing, but, again, give them a lot of credit. They were tremendous. Second half, we had some good stretches on both ends of the floor. The problem was Prentiss Nixon hit some unbelievable shots where you have to tip your cap. We were doing everything but fouling him on three or four of those, and he got them to go down. So, credit to them. They were tremendous."

Utah State senior forward Alex Dargenton:
"It was a tough game, obviously, for us. We're trying to defend the home court, and we failed tonight. We started off slow on offense and we struggled on defense for the most part of the game. That's something that we're not going to see that often at home."

Utah State sophomore guard Sam Merrill:
"Back-and-forth early on. They went on that 10-or-so run right there toward the end of the first half. That's where they got that lead. We didn't respond very well to that. Defensively, we weren't great all game. They play an offense that we really haven't faced all year that's just free flowing, a lot of motion, they don't run any sets, they run the ball well. Early on we did okay, we struggled to adapt to that and we dug ourselves too big of a hole and couldn't come back."

Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy:
"I was talking to the team after the game. It was frustrating closing that game out. We just reflected on the last 48 hours coming off a really tough loss to Fresno State. Our approach to this game is what won the game before it even started. We had a great attitude, we had some terrific practices, we did the emphasis which is going to be, obviously, as we saw the second half, is on rebounding. We got tired and we struggled a little bit in the second half and gave them a chance almost to come back. But, from our practice last night, very physical our approach before the game in their arena. I knew we'd catch Utah State at the right time. They beat UNLV, they saw two, one, three. I watched the way they run they seem very comfortable. J.D. Paige really jumped right on them from the very beginning. The pressure really, really bothered them. The more determined team won. We couldn't grab the ball at the end, and it was frustrating for everybody, including the players. It's not like you don't want to get the ball. We're really tired."


 

 

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