Utah State vs Northeastern Post-Game Quotes
Nov. 24, 2017

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Utah State vs Northeastern Post-Game Quotes
Utah State 71, Northeastern 67


Utah State head coach Tim Duryea 

On the game:
"We had some good stretches on both ends of the floor, but we also had some bad stretches on both ends of the floor. Our free throw shooting is unexplainable to me because we shoot them so well in practice, and in practice we're spending a lot of time on them. So, I don't have an answer for that. That's something we're going to have to get through, work through mentally. We're going to have to be mentally tough enough to get over that barrier because we're making things way too hard. We did a good job in the second half of playing with enough force to get them to foul us. 31 free throws is great, we'll take that every night, but you have to make more than 19 of them.

"Defensively, had some really good stretches, had some stretches that weren't so good. So, have to play better for longer periods. But, gutted out kind of an ugly win. They're a team that is a deliberate team offensively, not going to get in a hurry, they play with a lot of rhythm. We did a good job slugging it out and staying in there."

On sophomore guard Koby McEwen's return:
"He's rusty and he's far less than 100 percent. He looked to me like he played at about 60, 70 percent. It's an issue where it's a pain tolerance issue. It's up to him. I've kind of been waiting for him to have that push to really want to play. Today's the first day he had that, so we discussed it and decided to let's see where we are, basically, today. That's what today was all about. He's got a ways to go, both rust-wise and just pure health-wise, just being able to move. He was severely inhibited out there today. He also got three baskets, so he toughed his way to being productive. So, that was a bonus for our team and gave our team a little confidence when he started the game out there today. Tomorrow, I don't know. We'll see where we go from here. I don't know what tomorrow will bring in terms of his soreness and his capability to bounce back. I have no idea."



On New Hampshire:
"New Hampshire's big, have a really good player in their four man, Tanner Leissner, he's their best player, does a really good job. They're big and rugged inside. They didn't play well today, but they are a very, very solid team. They go to Florida and lose by seven and anybody who can do that can play. They're a medium-paced team, they're not a team that's going to look to fly it up-and-down the floor, but we'll have to grind it out again and four minutes to go, try to have a five or six-point lead and try to scratch another one out."

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