Life Pacific at Utah State post-game quotes
Dec. 16, 2017

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Life Pacific at Utah State post-game quotes
Utah State 96, Life Pacific 62

USU head coach Tim Duryea:

"Happy we responded in the second half. We played with some energy, some pop, some togetherness that we needed in the second half. We had some guys heads up offensively, developed some confidence, made some plays, saw the ball go into the basket, all those things.  We shared the ball, 23 assists is always great to see when you're a coach. I'd still like to cut down a couple of those turnovers, thought we were loose with the ball in the first half. Defensive intensity in the first half was not there. We talked about Mark Eden being a really good player, and we talked about Jonathan Cortez being a really good player. In the first half, they showed they are good players and can play at a lot of schools at a lot of levels. We didn't respond in the first half, but in the second half we did. So, we move on from here."

USU sophomore guard Sam Merrill:
"That's, sometimes, a difficult team to guard because they're all so small and quick. We had a bit of a struggle early on guarding them. They had nine threes in the first half. We had to get adjusted to that, we had to pick up our intensity a little bit. In the second half, we did a much better job, we were able to get some stops. Offensively throughout the whole game, we did well. 60 percent for the game, so that's pretty good, and limited our turnovers in the second half."

USU junior forward Dwayne Brown Jr.:
"First half, we came out very cocky in a way. We didn't do what we prepped, we didn't do what we planned, we all knew they were going to shoot a lot of threes. A lot of teams like that are very small, very undersized, they're going shoot a lot of threes, just chuck up threes just cause. We picked it up a lot in the second half. We did just fine in the second half. I don't really think anybody did a bad job, but we got the job done. So, I'm happy about the win and we can move forward from that."



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