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Post-Game Quotes: UConn 62, Cincinnati 56

Jan. 10, 2015

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UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie

“It was a gutty win by our team. I have to take my hat off to Cincinnati.  It seems like it comes down to a one possession game every time we play them.  We know each other so well.”

On the play of UConn’s defense today

“Our defense stepped up in the second half and we played remarkably well, holding them to 30 percent.  And then we started making some shots.  Now I just want our guys to play for 40 minutes. We still have our lapses.  I see us going back the other way a lot.  But when it’s time for us to get stops, we gut it out and something just clicks in.  Now I’m trying to look for more consistency and having 40 minutes of good defense.  You’re not going to hold a team to zero points, but I’m talking about the mental breakdowns and the lapses that we have sometimes.” 

On junior guard Omar Calhoun

“Omar played well, giving us that boost offensively that we need. The things that he’s doing for us are remarkable.  Twelve points in 19 minutes, I’ll take that every day.” 

On next week’s games

“I like where our team is going now.  We just have to keep taking steps forward.  Now we’re on the road again.  It seems like we didn’t unpack our bags, but it is what it is.  We’re going to go down to Tulsa and Stanford.  Hopefully, we’ll do that same thing that we did in Florida.”

On sophomore guard Terrence Samuel

“It’s not about points.  It’s about contributing in different ways.  He got great rebounds, he was able to break pressure and he was able to run the offense to get Boatright off the ball.  I thought he did a wonderful job giving us some meaningful minutes.” 

Senior Guard Ryan Boatright
On Omar Calhoun’s game
“Every game his confidence is going up. We know that Omar’s a great player. We saw Omar perform like that as a freshman. Injuries have just messed with his head a little bit and took him out of basketball a little while. But he’s back into it. He’s healthy and every game he’s getting better and better.”

On Calhoun’s scoring today
“I tell him all the time, ‘you don’t have to do any ball handling -- I’ll do it all for you -- just catch and be ready to make a play.’  He’s excelling at that.”

Junior Guard Omar Calhoun
On making shots today
“The rim starting looking big. I’ve just been in the gym a lot.  I’m starting to feel real comfortable with my shot.  Everything pays off. Whatever the defense gives me I take advantage of.”

Are you totally recovered and healthy?
“I just recently sprained my toe in practice so I was battling that during the game. Health-wise I would say I’m 70-75%.”

Redshirt Sophomore Guard Rodney Purvis
“I really like how our defense has played. We’re going to score points, but the main thing is our defense.”

On his play in the second half
“I was getting better looks, but really I just started being more aggressive and playing my game. Sometimes we come out lackadaisical in the first half and dig ourselves a little hole. We know once we play defense -- get down in the stance and play defense together -- it’s really hard for anybody to score on us.” 

Cincinnati Interim Head Coach Larry Davis
We had a chance to win this game today. And any time you’re on the road and get a chance to get a road victory, you want to play it out because those are hard to come by. Give UConn credit, they hung in there. They played great and made shots when they had to. But I’m disappointed we came in here and had a chance to get a road win and let it slip out of our fingers.

Their speed wasn’t as big a factor today as it could have been, but it was a factor, obviously, when you turn the ball over.”

What happened over the last 10 minutes?
“They did a great job defensively and we missed some shots.  We didn’t get to the offensive glass either.  We had some open shots and then we didn’t go rebound it.”