Utah State at Valparaiso Post-Game Quotes
Valparaiso 72, Utah State 65
Utah State head coach Tim Duryea
On the game:
"We fought hard. Obviously, offensively we were extremely poor making shots, got tons of open shots and just didn't knock very many of them down. We were in the game. We were down five, they miss a free throw, we don't block out on the free throw line. It wasn't because we didn't compete that we lost the game. It was we didn't play very well offensively and missed too many free throws. You miss 11 free throws and you have a chance late in the game, you have the ball if you get the rebound and you're down five, you can still win the game or tie the game, and we don't make the play. Defensively, we showed our road fatigue. We weren't very good on the ball, guarding the ball at the point of attack in either defense, which put us in some bad positions on the offense glass. They hurt us on the offense glass. In the second half, they got the ball to the front of the rim way too often. We made some defensive plays at the front of the rim, blocked four shots, but the ball was getting there too easy and that's always a problem. When they're living in your lane, that's going to be an issue for you defensively. It was for us."
On how much road fatigue had an impact on the game:
"We fought hard. Our “want-to” was there. I have to give a lot of credit to them defensively. Obviously, they've done a good job of holding people down percentage-wise. More of the credit has to go to them than to our fatigue. They were good defensively. We worked really hard to get open looks, we didn't knock enough down. Then when we worked hard enough to get fouled, we didn't knock enough of those down, either. Those two things are hard to overcome on the other guys' home floor."
On junior guard DeAngelo Isby:
"Obviously, not the performance that he wanted, not the performance we all wanted for him in front of his family and friends. Obviously, probably trying a little bit too hard at pressing with every miss. He got a lot of open looks. We could have used some of those to go down. That would have helped us."
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