UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie
“We gutted it out, we showed some toughness in the second half. Our bigs were huge for us in the second half. Our bigs combined for 14 and 9 and Kentan and Phil, they just played. Kentan had 5 blocks and Phil made some great plays underneath the rim and to just combat what Shaq did in the second half. Memphis played tough but we made the plays at the end of the game that we needed and free throws were huge and getting some turnovers and some deflections was big for us. I’m happy with the win and we’re gonna get back to work, we got a great road trip ahead of us.”
On Memphis shooting the ball from the outside:
“They played well and Shaq played phenomenal in the second half with 19 points, the game plan was to get them to shoot outside and they did a pretty good job going 8-19 but I think Sterling combated that by making some big time threes. It was just a good game, a good AAC game. I think we better at the end, you know we learned from our mistakes against Temple. We played a little harder, we played more aggressive and it payed off at the end. Memphis is a great team, they ran the ball, they played inside out, and they’re gonna be a handful in our league to stop.”
On the defense at the end:
“We wanted to foul on the catch. He caught it right at the three and Phil didn’t think he could foul right there but any dribble he was gonna get he was gonna foul with 2.3 seconds. It was a hell of a throw next time we want to get a foul. Glad he missed it.”
UConn Guard Sterling Gibbs
On practice this week:
"I was focused on finishing and getting my jumpers up. I was making sure I was on top of my game."
On today's win:
"It was really important to get a win today. We really tried to focus in the last couple days of practice making sure we play with desperation, and I think in the second half, we did."
UConn Forward Kentan Facey
On the energy of today's game:
"Everybody had to step up. The Temple game didn't have as much energy, and I think we came out this game. We had to really fight and do the work early to get into position."
UConn forward Phillip Nolan
On his game-time mindset:
"I go to practice and practice as hard as I can. When I get in a game, whether it's going my way or not, I play as hard as I can. Eventually, something has to work out for you. This game, something worked out."