Wyoming at Utah State post-game quotes
Jan. 20, 2018

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USU head coach Tim Duryea:
"Tale of two halves. We've gotten into a pattern of wild inconsistency where we've played or we play really poorly. It was a story, the first half we really just got out-competed. They played harder, they cut harder, they moved faster and they pushed the ball harder. The message at halftime was we have to compete. There was no technical adjustments, nothing along those lines. It was, 'Hey, let’s do what we planned to do.’ But, you have to compete. That's the most important thing in college basketball is how hard you play. We came out in the second half and that was the big change. More activity, more physicality inside, which we talked about at half and we got them on their heels a little bit because we competed, we played. The disappointing thing to me is that we got back into the game, we took the lead, and I thought from that point on we were extremely poor on both ends of the floor. Did not execute defensively, took bad shots or missed shots offensively. That's the frustrating thing to me, that we got all the way back and we've been in these situations a couple of times and we had defensive breakdowns, we had rebounding breakdowns and we had offensive breakdowns. We were not good when we needed to be in the last five or six minutes." 

USU sophomore guard Diogo Brito:
"The first half was just bad. Defensively, we were just not able to compete and get matched up on defense. They were getting too many transitions point and that gave them a pretty big lead. We got to the locker room, we got ourselves together. I'd have to say that Koby (McEwen) did a good job of getting us back in, getting us together. We knew we could come back. Like what was just said, keep focusing on the defensive end. We came back in the second half and we did an amazing job. We were getting wide open shots on the offensive end, we were getting stops on the defensive end and, basically, we got back in the game and we were just not able to finish that. That's something that's frustrating because we just came back from such a big difference and weren't able to get the next defensive stop. Too many wide-open layups, they had two dunks in the open lane that should not have happened if we wanted to finish that game. Those breakdowns really were what didn't let us win this game."


 

 

USU sophomore guard Sam Merrill:
"We can't let ourselves get down like that, a deficit that big. Obviously, we came back and even took a lead, but from that point on we had a bunch of defensive breakdowns and too many dumb offensive mistakes, and you can't have that if you expect to win against a good team."

Wyoming head coach Allen Edwards:
"What we try to get our guys to understand is, obviously, it's hard to win when you're at home, but it's even harder when you're on the road. I love the way we came out and played in the first half. But, give coach Tim credit. His team came out at halftime with some fight and did a great job of coming back and taking the lead, obviously, but what I loved about that was our guys didn't panic. We still stayed the course, and we found a way to get (Hayden Dalton) and (Alan Herndon) down around 30 minutes a game, and they were just fresher down the stretch and were able to make plays for us.

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