Nevada at Utah State post-game quotes
Feb. 17, 2018

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Utah State head coach Tim Duryea:
"I tip my hat to Nevada. They were tremendous. That's as hard a team to defend as I've seen come through here in a long time. Our guys, effort-wise, was good on the defensive end. We did a lot of really good things, but they made tough shot after tough shot after tough shot. Our plan was to try and take (Kendall) Stephens out, and he got loose a couple times in the first half on a switch, but other than that we did what we wanted there. We knew that (Jordan) Caroline had a chance to get his numbers that way we were going to guard him. But, Cody Martin, unbelievable. Just time and time again tough, pop-up, mid-range jumpers. 11 2-point field goals on the day. Thirty points from a guy that's averaging 13 in league, you have to tip your hat. Offensively in the first 15 minutes of the game, we were dynamite. Making the right play, jumping up and knocking down shots, taking advantage of the switch. Just a really intelligent offensive game. We drove the bigs when we got switched, we threw it into the post and converted. Just really a lot of really, really good things. Then we hit the dry spell there at the end of the first half offensively, and then came back the second half and, again, we missed some open shots, we missed some shots that we have to make in a game like that. But, we had two offensive fouls, one of them very questionable, and five turnovers total. So, that tells you we were making a lot of really good plays. We were putting pressure on the rim, we were creating open threes and would've liked to have knocked a few more of those down. That's probably the one thing where if I look at the stat sheet; 10-for-33 for us is not quite good enough from the 3-point line."

Utah State sophomore guard Sam Merrill:
“You’ve got to give a lot of credit to that team. They played really well. They hit a lot of shots. We put up 87, and most night you’re going to win, but they made more shots than us, and that’s how it went tonight. You’ve got to give credit to them. We, offensively, did really well. We missed a couple that we should have made, and they made all the shots they should have made, and that’s why they won."



Utah State sophomore guard Koby McEwen:
“We came out really strong. We threw the first punch right away. We came out confident with a lot of energy. Nevada ended up going on a run in the first half. That’s a great team that we just played. They made a lot of tough shots, down the stretch especially. If you look at the numbers defensively, they shot a great percentage, but our team played pretty good defense. They made a lot of shots over hands, and when that happens, you’ve just got to shake their hand because they made a lot of tough shots, and it’s hard to defend tough shots that they make. I’m proud of my team even though we lost. We played a really good team and fought to the end. I’m confident we’ll see them again, and we’ll perform even better. It’s just a great Nevada team."

Nevada Head Coach Eric Musselman:
“Offensively, we were phenomenal, shooting the ball 59 percent in the first half and then in the second half 60 percent and 59.3 percent for the game. Obviously, the job that (Cody Martin) did playing the point tonight was phenomenal, scoring the ball and his defensive rebounds were huge. One of the big points of emphasis coming into the game was the fact that we had to rebound the ball a little better than we did in game 1 against Utah State. We held them to five offensive rebounds tonight as opposed to 19 offensive boards that they got in game 1, so being plus-5 on the glass was really important. With our size 1 through 5, we should be a good rebounding team, and certainly that was the case. We moved the ball well with 15 assists and took care of the basketball without Lindsey Drew. One of the big things we talked about was our assist to turnover ratio and not turning the basketball over, and to only have 9 turnovers and be able to score at the clip that we did, scoring 93 points on the road, is really hard to do.”

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