San José State at Utah State post-game quotes
Utah State 86, San José State 72
USU head coach Tim Duryea:
"We got off to a good start on both sides of the ball in the first half. Defensively, really was one of our better performances in terms of kind of carrying out our game plan. We wanted to be disruptive, take some things away from them, disrupt their rhythm a little bit. They're a big patterned, power basketball team. You can't let them catch where they want to catch, throw it where they want to throw it and play with the rhythm they want to play with. So, we did a good job of disrupting them. We were communicating. We were moving around, a lot of switching. We threw a lot at our guys in terms of the game plan defensively. They did a really good job in that regard.
"Offensively, obviously, the thing that jumps out at you is 23 assists and four turnovers. Our three starting perimeter players all did a great job passing the ball. The ball was moving, finding the open man and when that happens, you get a lot of really good looks. 33 threes is really good. That's a recipe for success for us and we made a decent percentage. We can shoot it even better. The 23 assists really just tells the story."
USU sophomore guard Koby McEwen:
"We came right out of the gate aggressive. We prepped their stuff really well, we executed the game plan really well, we rebounded and we shared the ball. We're pushing in transition, we got easy baskets and that's what won us the game."
USU sophomore guard Diogo Brito:
"We started really well as a team. We started 11-2, we had a really good run. We were getting stops and making it count on the other end. From there, that set the tone for the rest of the game which helped us a lot. We were able to keep that pace throughout the first 30 minutes. From then, we kept that 20-point lead which was great on our part. In the end, we should have done a little bit of a better job stopping those guys who just had a lot of wide-open shots that we shouldn't have let them have. At the end of the day, we got the win, which is the most important."
San José State head coach Jean Prioleau:
"After one Mountain West game now, it's pretty safe to say that we rebound the ball. So, we know that. So, I'm applauding our guys. That is an unbelievable number, by the way. That is really hard to do. It is. You ask any coach around the country if he can hold a plus eight and above rebounding average. You're talking about elite basketball teams. Now, obviously, there's more to the game than just rebounding. There comes the taking care of the ball part which we have to do. Trust me, we've talked about it a thousand times with our guys. That might be our Achilles heel. Hopefully, we can correct that because we basically won every statistical category. We shot 50 percent, they shot 47 percent, but we shot 50 percent. Then we shot 58 percent from the three, they shot 36 percent. They shot 80 percent from the free throw line, we shot 84.6 percent from the free throw line. We out-rebounded them by 17 rebounds. So, we have something, but what we have to get better at is we have to get better at taking care of the ball. Now, teams are going to turn the ball over, but we might have given up 12 or maybe 24 points on pick-6's for the football analogy. That's a lot of points that we just can't make up. So, that's where you have to take care of the ball. That's not really a function of the offense. That's a function of our guys just throwing the ball, them stealing it and going down with no defense there for them to just lay the ball up."
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