Utah State Head Coach Tim Duryea
"Kind of a strange game with a non-Division I team. When we contracted the game last summer, between then and now, Bristol’s situation has changed. It’s all about the academic side of it, it doesn’t really have anything to do with the athletic program. It was a strange game, it wasn’t an exhibition game it’s just kind of in no-man’s land. It’s a game the NCAA doesn’t recognize. They do not count non-Division I one wins. The Mountain West scheduling philosophy is to try and schedule two non-Division I games a year and the reason we do that is to protect our individual RPI and our league RPI."
"If you bring a low-level Division I opponent and win, a lot of times your RPI will go down. That’s what our league tries to avoid. The NCAA never looks at non-Division I wins when they look at your resume. This game was a little different that we had planned on it being."
"Our guys prepared, our guys played and our guys won. That’s the way we look at it in the locker room. I thought a lot of guys got a chance to play which is what you want out of those games. Everyone played pretty well. We didn’t know they were going to come in and play 40 minutes of zone defense. We didn’t see one possession of man-to-man defense. We would have liked to play against man-to-man but I thought we got better in our zone offense as the game went along. We got to work on some things we’ve been trying to work on in practice. That was the positive and a lot of guys got minutes.
"I told our team for two days that this game is about us and not about the opponent tonight. It was about another chance to compete, another chance to get better and obviously tougher games are coming with Idaho State this Saturday and then we go to Cancun after that. I didn't know they were going to play us 40-straight minutes of zone defense. The positive is that we got better with our zone offense. Our ball movement got better, we got touches where we needed them and we saw the floor better."
Senior guard Shane Rector
“All around it was a good team effort tonight. Everybody got their touches and everybody was knocking down shots. We were all playing unselfish and we came out and got a win.”
On the slow start
“Coach always tells me since I’m the point guard that it’s my job to get the team going so that’s what I was trying to do and luckily I was able to do that tonight. We got out to a little bit of a slow start but we picked it up and got things going.”
On no turnovers
“I’m just trying to make the smart decision. I’m trying to make the right play and not force it at all. I’m just trying to take care of the ball.”
Redshirt sophomore forward Alexis Dargenton
“We came out and had a better game tonight. We are just trying to get better and be ready for the season.”
On facing zone
“We started off shooting a lot of 3’s it was really open at first. We felt like there were better shots in the second half and coach reminded us that we had a big size advantage on them. We need to learn how to get the ball inside. When we got it inside, then we could kick it out and get even more open shots or easy scores in the paint, like Quinn (Taylor) did tonight.
“Rebounding is big for us. Coach wanted us to chase every board offensively and defensively. That’s kind of my job on the team right now, to get a lot of boards and second shots. Especially against a team that we have a real advantage on size-wise, we need to do well on the boards.”
Bristol Head Coach John Janssen:
"Utah State's a very good team. They're tall and they're athletic, but I actually thought we competed pretty well. They're a really talented team that put it on us there at the end, but I was happy with how our guys played and Utah State just has better players than us right now."
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