Fresno State at Utah State post-game quotes
Jan. 28, 2017

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Utah State head coach Tim Duryea
"Our guys played hard and they played tough. There was one little stretch where we lost our edge, then they came back and got it right back. I told them they deserved to win. They practiced really well the last couple of days. They were sharp today in shoot around in terms of the mental preparation. We didn't make one mistake in our shoot around. I knew mentally they were ready to play. They've been a good team that way. It was great to see them get that reward."

On the play in the post...
"It was nice to see us get the ball in there and convert some. That was great to see. Norby (Janicek) was really good. He got sone chances. Some of the games we haven't been able to get him the ball. When you have some young guards out there, a lot of times having the patience to feed the post, you have to develop that. Some of these kids grow up having never played with a guy they can just throw the ball to on the low block. I was happy to see Norby get some touches in there and do some things with it."

Utah State sophomore forward Norbert Janicek
"We executed our plan pretty well. We've been preparing for this game for a week. We did what we were supposed to do. We lost the last couple in a row, so we had a good feeling for this."

On preparing for Fresno State...
"It just worked out today. We are always trying to play inside out. I had a couple games where I didn't play as well as I did out of conference. I am just trying to stay patient and working to help my teammates as much as I possibly can."

Utah State freshman guard Koby McEwen
"We guarded them. We held them to 35 percent and 11 percent from two and three. That was the difference between this game and the last couple. We hadn't been guarding them as well as we should. Our defense was on it tonight."

On the team being more aggressive...
"Coach Duryea challenged us. He said 'don't get out-toughed today.' They are a tough team, they have a lot of big bodies and they play really hard. If they play harder than you, you're getting out-toughed. We wanted to out-tough guys. We didn't rebound as well as we should have. We were just trying to play tough basketball. When you do that, you build up your chances to win."

Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry
"When we came into this one, we knew we were going to face a team with a lot of urgency that really needed a win. They (Utah State) played really well at home and we knew they were going to compete at a very high level. They have good players and their young guards are really good. We had to come out ready to play.”


 

 

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