Wyoming at Utah State post-game quotes
Feb. 11, 2017

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Utah State head coach Tim Duryea
"It was an entertaining college basketball game. Lots of scoring, lots of 3-point shots. It was up-tempo, both teams tried to push the tempo. We played about as good as we could play offensively in the first half. With our ball movement and our spacing, we made a ton of shots and we were only up a point. They are a very hard team to guard, especially when they go small. They can space you out and make shots. They had some guys play really well in the first half, make some shots they don't usually make and I was proud of our guys for hanging in there because Wyoming played really well. 

On guarding Wyoming...
"We did a better job of getting to Hayden Dalton than we have in previous games we played against them. Same with Alan Herndon, he had a couple looks where we weren't there and he missed them. It's rare for them to miss in a game against us, it feels like they make every 3-pointer they shoot against us. Tonight, maybe, it was things evening up. Justin James is one of the most athletic guys in the league, combine that with his size, he's explosive off of the bounce and he gets to the rim in a heartbeat. We did a decent job of guarding him in the second half and with them playing as good as they did in the first half, I felt thrilled to be in the lead or even close to the lead. We didn't shoot a high percentage in the second half but we made big plays and really big shots."

Utah State redshirt sophomore forward Alexis Dargenton
"It was a tough game. We were happy to come out with a win, it was a revenge game for the win they had at their place. We did a good job on defense, we played much better."


 

 

On the quick start...
"The game plan was to be aggressive and drive down the lane to try and get a few easy shots. We got going pretty quickly and that's why the game was so close the whole time."

On finishing the season strong...
"The feeling that's going on in the locker room is that we have six more chances to have a big impact in conference. We have to go hard and get the last few remaining games." 

Utah State sophomore forward Quinn Taylor
"Tonight we came out and had a lot of energy. It showed on the rebounding total, we outrebounded them. That's a sign of our energy, That helps us on the offensive end and defensive end. When you're working hard, it helps everyone out and that showed tonight. Wyoming is a good offensive team. It's tough to guard their sets. It's an all-out motion offense, it's random with ball screens, pick-and-pops, they can really shoot the ball. We did a good job executing our defensive game plan and that helped us get the win."

On having a bigger role...
"Tonight, I got a couple easy baskets down low from our guards driving and finding me. They did a great job attacking and getting downhill on their screens. Our guard play was really good, it's really good every night but they did a good job getting down the court and finding the open man."

On having more energy...
"Everyone wants to come out and play hard for our fans. There's a big tradition at Utah State, especially here at home in the Spectrum. It's something we need to be able to take on the road. There's nothing magical or special we do in practice, we've just come out really ready to play and with a lot of energy these past three home games. Hopefully we can find a way to take that on the road, that's what we need to do to win road games in this league."

Wyoming head coach Allen Edwards
"It was a game for anybody to take. Opportunities were presented to them more than they were to us, getting us in scrambled situations and their (Utah State) shooters made some open shots to extend the lead. I'm not pissed at our guys’ effort. We have to do a better job on the glass and obviously one of the keys was defending the 3-point line, where we gave them some easy looks. Not only did they get to the free throw line, they did a good job of putting it in. That was one of the things I talked about to our team at the end of the game. We have to continue to play, but play without fouling. This is one of the toughest places to play on the road, and Utah State plays well here. You have to play a near-perfect game to get a win." 

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