Jan. 24, 2013
Utah State Head Coach Stew Morrill…
“We tried hard. We were just a few plays away from having a chance to win. We’ve just got to keep fighting, that’s all we can do. We’re not looking for excuses. We had lots of chances. We took a couple bad shots. We had a lot of opportunities around the basket that we couldn’t finish. We turned the ball over too many times and had trouble with their ball-screen defense. They set ball-screens and got all the way to the basket too many times. There were a bunch of things. We just can’t be satisfied with playing close because we’re playing with a little bit of a skeleton crew. There are no moral victories. There’s just winning and losing and we have to keep fighting. That’s all there is.”
Sophomore Forward Ben Clifford …
“All the credit goes to UT Arlington. The played well down the stretch and we made a couple of mistakes. We had a chance but they played a better game. They definitely stepped it up on the boards in the second half. That is what kept us in it in the first half, our rebounding. I thought that we finished the game strong on the boards but it is what allowed them to take control early in the second.”
Junior Guard/Forward Spencer Butterfield…
“We played hard. I was really proud of our guys. We came to work all week and worked hard. I think that showed in the game, we just made some mistakes and mental errors down the stretch. We’ve just got to keep playing hard and getting better, come to practice ready to go. The foul trouble made it tough. We only had four guys rotating between the three point guard and wing spots, so we have to be careful with that. We have to stay in front of our guys without getting fouls. It was tough to get a feel for how they were going to call things. At the beginning they were grabbing our arms quite a bit. We just had to firm up with the ball and back it off from them.”
UT Arlington Head Coach Scott Cross …
“I am really proud of our guys, they came into a tough environment and they bounced back and kept battling. We finally got our defensive intensity back, which is good to see. We haven’t had that in a while. The guys got after it tonight and we are just very fortunate to come away with the win.”
“The bottom line for us is our defense, I told our guys that we are focusing on the wrong thing. We don’t need to focus on making shots or anything like that, that will take care of itself. We needed to get back to playing defense and hold teams to a low shooting percentage and that is what we did tonight.”
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