Nov. 3, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State Head Coach Stew Morrill...
"I didn't think that our execution was great; I think that we have a long ways to go in a few areas. Nothing against Simon Fraser, I thought that they played very hard especially having played Utah last night, but we were able to score easily and a lot of it wasn't out of execution. We still had to make shots. We did what we had to do, and that is what I told the players. It is time to move up in competition, and that is what the regular season will bring. They are looking forward to that, the problem is we have another full week of practice before they get to play. That was my biggest message to the team is that we cannot just be in the doldrums when we have to practice for four or five days. Every team has to learn practice habits and this team is no exception."
"We were able to play a lot of guys, and there was some good things about it. They would say it beats the heck out of practice any day; they got to play a game. There were some positives, Marvin (Jean) off the bench did a great job. Preston (Medlin) almost always plays well, I thought that Kyisean (Reed) was really active. I mean he is unbelievably athletic on some plays. He just causes havoc out there with his athletic ability. TeNale (Roland) had nine assists to one turnover, things like that are really positive. A lot of just did some pretty good things tonight, it's early and we are a ways away."
Utah State Senior Forward Kyisean Reed...
"Teams like that get out-run, but they play a scrappy defense. We set good screens, and that's what happens. We had some first game jitters (against Grand Canyon) so our guys came out and doubled-up on them. There were still stretches where we needed to work on a non-existent offense. There were a lot of good things tonight, like I'd expect. We have to understand when we reach the end of the game and teams are getting desperate."
Simon Fraser Head Coach James Blake...
"We came down and played a scrimmage against Southern Utah, then played at Utah last night, then here today. Three games in four days with 12 guys, and Utah State, by far, was the most classy staff and organization. The experience was unbelievable. The fans are the best fans at a mid-major level. This is an unbelievable institution, and we're thankful for everyone having us play down here. We would do it every single year if Coach Morrill would let us.
"From a basketball standpoint, there is such a physical, athletic advantage from high-major teams like this. It's hard for our guys to adjust to that. I think they benefited from it. We have some size that can guard the bigs - a lot of Division II schools don't have that. There was a discrepancy in the score, but I feel like both teams got better. During the exhibition season, that's what we want to see as coaches. We want to see our team get better. We want to see some pieces to the team that maybe we didn't get to see last year. I think our guys are evolving as a team defensively. They're doing everything they can effort-wise and we can really build on that. My hat goes off to this program and this coaching staff."
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