Utah State Head Coach Tim Duryea
“That was a really hard loss. I thought down the stretch Indiana State played like a veteran team, a very poised, very purposeful and very clutch team. They made some clutch shots and did some clutch things. We played very, very young. We missed easy shots and the free throw line is hard to explain. Shooting 7-of-13 in the second half from the line is… Free throws forever have won college basketball games. We are not getting the job done there.
“We played extremely young down the stretch. For most of the game, we did a good job on defense and finished the job with rebounds. We won the rebounding war. Late in the second half, (Brenton) Scott got going and he is a very hard matchup. We let (Matt) Van Scyoc get started in the second half and he made a few shots to get them going. You can’t foul him on the 3-point shot, when they are down four, he makes the three and we foul him. He made some clutch shots.
"They played old and experienced and we played young and inexperienced. We can’t do that.”
On Indiana State playing close games this season
“They were battled tested and didn’t panic and did a better job down the stretch than we did. They made some clutch shots and made shots when they had to. We had chances at the foul line, but didn’t convert. If we did it is a whole different ball game.”
On the scoring drought in the second half
“It was a really long stretch. They haven’t played one possession of 2-3 zone in their last five games. If you are sitting on their bench, (Utah State) is playing well offensively and maybe it was a little bit of desperation to throw it out there. We did not do a good job against the 2-3 zone. We got some looks, but didn’t do a good enough job of executing. I’ll take the blame for that. We never dreamed that Indiana State would throw a 2-3 zone out there with the way they have played this year.
“We need to execute better against both defenses. You can’t score 60 points a game and expect to win. There are too many possessions, the 30-second clock, we are tying to play at a faster pace and you just can’t have 26-point halves because it puts too much pressure on the rest of your game.”
Freshman guard Koby McEwen
“The first half we played great defense. We were together on the defensive end and making shots on the offensive end. At the beginning of the second half, we went through an offensive drought and they were still making shots. We tried to weather the storm but we couldn’t make free throws and it came down to the last play. It was unfortunate but if we would just make free throws before all that happened, we wouldn’t be in that situation. It’s our own fault.”
On how to fix free throws
“There are a lot of new guys on our team that are not used to playing in an environment like this. We have to knock them down though. We have to go to the gym late at night, after practice, before practice and work on our free throws.”
On hitting his shots but losing
“It was frustrating. I thought we played great defense but the ball got tipped and then they got a layup.”
On what the team’s attitude is
“We will not get down. We are in desperation mode and we need a win. The next game, we will win, that’s our attitude.”
Senior wing Jalen Moore
“It was a tough loss. With a one-point game a lot of things could have happened but ended up going their way. It’s tough. I didn’t really see what happened on the last play, I just saw the guy lay it in. It was a tough play.”
On what was said at the half
“We wanted to come out and do the same thing we did in the first half. We didn’t shoot very well in the second half but we still had our chances.”
On what Indiana State changed
“We didn’t think they were going to play any zone defense. We didn’t prep any of our zone stuff because they hadn’t played a possession of it in their last five games. We tried to run some zone specials and it didn’t work so they just stayed in the zone. We couldn’t get stuff to work against it. Every time they went man defense we scored or got to the free-throw line but that zone killed us. We weren’t expecting that. Good coaching on their part.
On defending Brenton Scott
“He shoots in volume. It’s hard to guard a guy like that who is a good player. In the second half, he started hitting his shots and getting his confidence back. That was another thing that hurt us, he was aggressive in the second half. We played well against him, the best you can with a guy like that, he just ended up hitting some hard shots.”
Indiana State Head Coach Greg Lansing
"I don't know what team I was watching in the first half, but that was awful basketball by us. For as poorly as we played in the first half, we then got aggressive and took the fight to them by changing some defenses. Utah State didn't shoot as well as they normally do, but man was that a great road win."
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