Jan. 11, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State Head Coach Stew Morrill...
"Well, we won. That is the good news. I thought that San Jose State responded really well for not having a couple of their better players. Especially not having (James) Kinney, he is a 20 points per game guy. Their guys rallied together and played really hard and gave them a chance. They were physical, they defended, that is the best San Jose State defensive team that I have seen in a number of years. They made it hard for us and they caused us to turn the ball over in the first half. We did a little better job in the second half but they beat us on the boards in the second half, so they just stayed in the game the whole way. You look at the stats and it doesn't seem like we played that poorly except that they got a whole lot more shots than us and that is a credit to them. Our percentages were pretty good, we rebounded the ball okay, especially in the first half so we will take the win."
"You would like to be better in certain phases of the game and we are going to have to be next weekend. We get a real taste of reality going on the road against those two teams, they are two of the better teams in the league, New Mexico State and Denver, and LA Tech of course is the other team that is really off to a great start in our league. We obviously haven't played them yet so we have some real challenges ahead, but at this point we have done our job and got a couple of road wins and we have protected our home court in league. Now it is time to try and get better next week and see what we can do on the road."
Junior Guard Spencer Butterfield...
On San Jose slowing the tempo of the game down... "Yes they really did. With two of their key players out we were saying in the locker room that other guys were going to step up for them. Their coaches did a good job of calling timeouts every time we were about to go on a run and that helped them out."
On the physical battle of tonight... "Yes, it certainly did. They got up into us and pressured us a lot. We turned it over too much in the first half but we came out in the second and took care of the ball better which made all the difference."
Junior Guard Preston Medlin...
On adjusting to San Jose State's defense...
"They did a good job of getting into us and trying to take us out of our plays. In the first half we had too many turnovers, which is not what we want. We came in and adjusted a little bit and did a lot better in the second half taking care of the ball."
On the physical-ness of the game...
"We knew that if we wanted to win this game we have to come out and play physical defense and play physical offense and run our plays better because they were getting in us and taking us out of our plays. That's not what we want and it is not good for us. It was a lot better in the second half shooting the ball."
San Jose Head Coach George Nessman...
"We kept it close but we did not come here to keep it close, we came here to win. Credit to Utah State, they are very difficult to catch in the final eight minutes when they have a workable lead. They had between a five and an eight point lead there for a while and we just couldn't get that big defensive stop and a conversion to get it to a one-possession game. I thought that our guys played with a lot of determination and a lot of tenacity, but Utah State just had a little too much for us today."
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