Oct. 25, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State Head Coach Stew Morrill...
"Obviously, we've got a long way to go defensively. I don't remember the last time in an exhibition game we gave up those kind of numbers in points, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, number of threes, guys getting beat of the dribble, guys getting threes shot in their face, all of the things that we have emphasized. This was really good for us along those lines because I think they understand the problem now. We won't beat a Division I opponent defending like that; we just won't. That's just horrendous. Offensively, we were playing against inferior size and inferior talent, and offensively we were fine but defensively, not even close."
On if the fouls called were a reflection of the new NCAA rules...
"Oh yeah, they're going to call it tight but that's just a cop-out. You can't move your feet, you can't get a hand on a shooter. They're going to call it really tight and that's definitely what's going on out there, but that's a cop out for us. That just was horrendous; I don't know any other word."
"I think we've got a lot of different guys who can score. I don't think it always has to be those three. It gives us a pretty good set of guys who night-in-and-night-out might be able to score, but I think we've got some depth coming off the bench. Offensively, we're okay right now, we're okay. I think we're going to rebound the ball pretty well because we're pretty active on the glass. Defensively, though, we've got light years to go and not very much time to do it."
Senior Guard Preston Medlin...
On the Aggies defensive play...
"Yeah, they had a good offense, but it's still unacceptable for us to go out there and give up the numbers that we did, and giving up 50 percent from the field and 55 percent in the second half. Well, we won, but that's not our team. And if we're going to be any good, we have to guard, the coaches are working with us on that and hopefully we get better. Our offense was awesome. We scored 108 points. We have to buckle down and just play better defense. We let up in the second half, and it just wasn't acceptable.
On coming back off of last year's injury ...
"It's awesome; it was fun to be back in the Spectrum, just to actually to get out there and play it's so much fun, and I just love Utah State. I started shooting again in the gym in June. It's just like riding a bike or tying your shoes it comes back, the hand feels great."
Central Methodist Head Coach Jeff Sherman...
On his team's performance...
"At times, I thought we did ok. It's just so early, we have so many things we still have to put in. To come into what I think is one of the tougher environments, when you're an NAIA program playing against a very established Division I program, I don't know what to expect. The first half opened our eyes quite a bit. If anything else, I'm walking in there with a whole new team, and I saw how much grit they have, being 30 down and fighting back to make this at least a respectable game. We know what we're in; it's no secret. We just needed to get respect for ourselves and a little bit of pride. I thought we did as well as we could have done at this time of year. If anything else, I'm pleased. I'm very disappointed in some aspects of it but it's early. That's what you have these games for.
On the environment at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and playing Utah State...
"First of all, ever since I was fortunate enough to land this game all that I've heard about is this environment. I've got a lot of friends that went to school here, and I love the environment. This is college basketball at it's best. Now this is just an exhibition, it gets a lot better than this but for us it doesn't. You've got to figure, there we're almost 7,000 people here. We don't get to play like that, and I didn't know how our guys were going to react but I thought they did okay. We can't hear anything and they reacted on their own and we haven't even practiced that."
"I thought there were some very, very good things that we got out of this. We were limited in what we could do; it's giants against regular-sized guys. They were manhandling us inside. They could score anytime they wanted. I also understand, if they wanted to beat us a lot worse than this they could have. They're trying to figure things out in their program and those types of things, so we came back and made it a little respectable. They could have done a lot worse if they chose to. I hope we made it enough of a game to where they got something out of it because we're not on their level and we're not going to pretend like we are. I just thought we played as hard as we could play. We made shots; we couldn't do much inside so we had to shoot outside and we do have a good outside shooting team but it is what it is. This is kind of what we expected our effort to be but I thought that when we were down so quick maybe the guys would lower their heads and just say `we're not going to be able to do it' but they kept playing and for that I'm very proud of them."
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