Head coach Tim Duryea:
"You like to see improvement in your team from the first game to the second game. We, obviously, improved in a lot of areas. I give Montana State a lot of credit. They were phenomenal in the first half. We're shooting 64 percent at halftime and we're down one, and we were competing defensively. We were doing a lot of things right and they were scoring in spite of that. They were extremely good, played extremely hard, so I give them a lot of credit. Our guys did a lot of good things. Obviously, the 21 turnovers is something we have to clean up. That doesn't go along with winning too often. Have to finish the game a little better. Some careless turnovers there and some missed free throws. We're a good free thrown shooting team, and we didn't show that tonight. But, again, there's a lot of guys out there that haven't been in that position before. Hopefully, that'll be a learning experience, and we can finish a little stronger next time."
On sophomore guard Koby McEwen and the team's performance:
"The first play of the game, we run a play for him and he gets an offensive foul, and I was like here we go again. But, no. He gathered himself and was very, very smart. He's guarding a guy, he and Sam (Merrill) both, that is attacking every possession. When you get an early foul like that, I thought he did a great job of playing clean. We talk about defensively playing clean with your hands, and he did a really good job of that, was really smart. He didn't take care of the ball very well, we didn't take care of the ball very well. Especially on winning time, but all throughout the game, we've got to get a little better in terms of ball security. Obviously, 21 turnovers is not something you can win with very often. We kind of overcame that. We did a lot of really good things offensively. Our spacing was a lot better, our thrust and our force that we played with were a lot better, our decision making was a lot better, aggressiveness, everything. They're a little smaller than Weber State and not quite the defensive team that Weber is, but we needed that performance offensively."
Sophomore guard Koby McEwen:
"Much better pace that we played with, offensively, in this game than against Weber State. We pushed the ball more, and I know a lot of that is on me. The pace that I go at is the pace that the team will go at. So, a lot of that burden is on my shoulders. We played much better on the defensive end, especially in the second half. We rebounded well. Sam (Merrill) and Alex (Dargenton) did a good job on that. We were aggressive the whole game and that's what got us the win."
On what he said to DeAngelo Isby at the half
"I told him at half time, he was a little stressed out about not playing well in the first half, but I told him, 'Hey, you have to get your head right' because that was like me last year. Playing poorly in the first half and just regroup, clear your mind and go out and do what you can do best and good things will happen."
Senior forward Alex Dargenton:
"It was a good game for us. A win at home in our home opener. It'll give us a little push for the start of the season and the road trip that we have coming up.”
On the team’s performance offensively
"Offensively, we have quite some fire power. DeAngelo (Isby) is a really good offensive player. He's making a lot of progress on the defense and adapting to the system that we're running in zone and in man. That showed tonight."
On the offensive difference from this game and Weber State
"Like I said last game, we are a really good shooting team, and we proved that tonight. Obviously, we're going to shoot the ball a little bit better at home. If we hold the defense to what we've been doing, we're going to be a great team and we'll get a few more wins at home."
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