Head coach Tim Duryea
“This was a game that we had a lot physical advantages in, but it was a hard game to play in a lot of respects for our guys. Whenever you play a non-Division I team it has a different feel to the game, especially compared to the opponents that we’ve been playing. The atmosphere in the arena isn’t nearly as good and our guys were coming off of a tough loss on Saturday.
“We didn’t get off to a great start at all and had a major mental hangover going from Saturday. They were stung by Saturday night, but I was pleased that they were able to bounce back and did what they needed to do to get a comfortable lead.
“Defensively we did a lot of good things in terms of ball-screen defense, help-side defense and saw some good things there. We were able to get kids some minutes, so all-in-all it is what you are looking for in those kind of games. Not the start that we wanted or needed, but I can understand it.”
On the slow start
"I expected a slow start to be honest with you. They're kids and human beings, we had a tough loss on Saturday, we were facing a non-Division I team and obviously we had an emotional hangover. I think we turned it over the first five times we had the ball and it was kind of warm to the task as we went. It was a hard game, but we feel good about winning. It's been 18 days since we had a win and again the loss on Saturday was tough on everybody in our program. It was good to get this win and we now look forward to playing Utah Valley."
Utah State Junior Guard Julion Pearre
"We came out to a slow start. These games are tough because there is not much energy, but our bench came in and gave us a quick little spurt to get things going. It felt good to finally make some shots and see the ball go through the net. We needed to know what it feels like to win again and these are the games you put on the schedule for that reason. It felt good to get over that hump and get back on the winning side."
Junior Forward Ngor Barnaba
“It was a great game. After losing four games in a row, we played well.”
On breaking the shooting slump
“Coach told us to get out there and have fun, don’t worry about anything else. That’s what we had to do to get the train going again. That’s what we focused on, having fun.”
On the slow start
"The first five minutes, we had a bunch of turnovers. Those first five possessions were rough, then coach took a timeout and told us it’s time to play. People don’t come out to watch us play that way. We focused and played well.”
On playing UVU next
“They are a good team. They beat BYU. We need to go out and play our best in order to come out with a win.”
Great Falls Head Coach Anthony Owens
"We were overmatched size wise and they just beat us inside. We did a good job defensively as far as taking away the three, but they hit a couple that extended the game early on. Overall, Utah State's just bigger than us and they outmanned us. I didn't feel like we gave all we could on the defensive end in the second half. They got up by 21 and we tried to do too much on the offensive end, which led to transition baskets for them."
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