Utah State head coach Tim Duryea
“It is becoming repetitive now that teams are really pushing out on us and not giving us a lot of easy 3-point looks. When they do that we need to drive by them, which we did, but we need to convert around the basket and at the foul line. It is becoming very apparent that teams are not going to give us a lot free looks around the perimeter. We really need to earn those the hard way.
“We need to get the ball inside off penetration and get second chance points. We need to convert and when we get fouled, make free throws. We can’t make half our free throws every night and expect to win close road games. You have to convert at the free throw line and convert around the basket. We didn’t do a good enough job of that in the second half.
“We did a lot of good things in the first half. By all rights we should have had the lead at the half. We missed a dunk and a couple of free throws, where we should have been up one or two at the half. We played really well on both ends and protected the rim better than we have all year. We took charges, we blocked shots, we challenged shots and helped each other. I was proud of them in the first half for their defensive effort and their offensive patience. We only had 29 points, but we were grinding it out and playing the right way and trying to get the right things done.
“The second half we gave up eight points on out-of-bounds defense, and that is not us. We are very good on out-of-bounds defense usually. And then we let (Elijah) Brown get loose for some easy looks and you can’t do that.”
Utah State freshman guard Koby McEwen
“First of all, we can’t get down in these close games and we need to make free throws. I need to make free throws and everybody needs to make free throws. We just need to execute in the second, especially down the stretch.”
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