Youngstown State at Utah State post-game quotes
Utah State 91, Youngstown State 74
Utah State head coach Tim Duryea:
"Proud of our guys for hanging in there and getting to the halfway point at 7-6. It's hard for me to imagine that anybody in the country's dealt with what we've dealt with in the first 13 games between travel, between injuries, sickness and everything else that we've dealt with. We're a tired group, mentally, physically, need a break. Our guys get two or three days off here and we need it badly.
“Had a couple of good individual performances. Quinn Taylor was active, on the boards, converted some scoring opportunities, protected the rim. He was really good. Dwayne Brown Jr. same thing; very efficient performance. DeAngelo Isby came in and scored the ball off the bench. He's becoming quite proficient doing that. Some other guys filled in and did some things.
“Defensively, not up to our standards, not happy with that part of it at all. Offensively, you look at the stat sheet and percentages aren't bad, missed a few too many open threes, but, again, the free throw line in the first half. The game probably should have been over at the half. It should have been about a 50-26 game at half and game over, but give them credit. They came out, hit some tough shots, were very determined and kind of started feeling it a little bit. They're looking for a win. They're a desperate team. That's always dangerous when you give a team like that a little bit of life by letting them get off to a strong start, not converting free throws when you get fouled. But the second half, we finally got a feel. Their pressure was so strung out that all we had to do was go by them, back cut or get the ball past the first line of defense and really you were shooting layups or open threes. We figured that out late and ended up hanging in there.”
USU junior guard DeAngelo Isby:
"We came out pretty slow a little bit. We took them, not for granted, but they play a different style of basketball. We had to dirty the game up like they did. It was a pretty fast-paced game. We just had to adjust, and we came out with the victory."
USU junior forward Quinn Taylor:
"Going into this game, we knew that Youngstown State was going to make the game a little ugly with all the defenses that they run. Their offensive sets, they run a lot of different things, run five-out. So, we knew the game was going to be an uglier game, but we played well on the offensive end. We definitely had times on the defensive end where we weren't playing as hard, but we figured that out and finished out the game. It's good to close out a game. It was kind of close there at the end and we started pulling away, so that's always good."
Youngstown State assistant coach Paul Molinari:
“We played better. I guess that’s the right word. We played better tonight. It’s a sign of progress, is the way I would look at it. It’s a hard one to swallow. We came up with plays and then we turned it over. It was just little things. I know we cut our turnovers down in the second half. Our goal was to force 15 turnovers and we forced 11. We had them on their heels and there were a couple questionable calls there. But you know what, you’re on the road and you’re getting paid a lot of money to play. That’s the way college basketball goes.”
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