March 9, 2013
Utah State Head Coach Stew Morrill…
“We played much better in the second half, I thought that we played good offense and kind of stretched it out. We passed the ball well; we finally made some shots. We really struggled with shooting the ball in the first half, we had some pretty good looks and we just didn’t make them. We had a bunch of guys O-fer at halftime. In the second half we kind of settled in and played better against their zone and their man-to-man. Ben (Clifford) has a really big night and that is nice to see. I thought TeNale (Roland) played very well, we had a number of guys do some good things out there. This was a game that we needed to win, it was our last game at home, it was senior night and all of that. We needed to win this game.”
Sophomore forward Ben Clifford…
“My shots were going in and I felt good all night. Both teams played pretty good defense in the first half, I think we held them within 20 percent for shooting, we couldn’t really score but we got some good shots, not the best shots but we missed those shots. In the second half they started going in and everyone got it going a little bit.” Talk about playing against their zone… “Post touches are big in the two-three zone, especially in the high-post, it just rips it apart. That is where the holes were today and that was where I was open. I got a few baseline shots, a couple high-post shots and it is just hard to guard when you get the ball up high in the post against a two-three zone.”
Junior Guard TeNale Roland…
“They showed us a couple different defenses there at the start of the game and I think that’s what slowed us down a little bit. The second half we were able to figure out what they were doing and pick it up. Coach just told me to be more aggressive. I started looking for my shots a little bit more and was able to knock them down. This was a great week for us. It gives us a lot of momentum going into the conference tournament, which we needed. We’ll pick it up next week and be ready.”
UTSA Head Coach Brooks Thompson…
“It was definitely a tale of two different halves, for sure. You have to credit Utah State in that second half. Boy, they started playing and making some tough plays, that was the key. Our guys were good executors as well, just made some mental errors. The biggest thing was that they out-physicalled us. I don’t think that just comes from height. They’re a lot bigger than us, but we weren’t chasing loose balls down, we weren’t active, we weren’t talking. It was a very disappointing second half. I just told the guys in there how disappointed I was in the second half. We just have to shake this off and be ready to go to Vegas.”
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