UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie
On UConn’s play in the first half
“At the start of the game, I really liked our aggressiveness. I thought we did a good job getting deflections and getting out on the break. We had an 18-point lead with five minutes to go (in the half) and we just relaxed. Good teams can’t relax.”
On the second half
“I was proud of our guys in the second half. To hold that team to 60 points when they were averaging 75 in the American Conference is a pretty good job with our defense.”
On his team’s free throw shooting Thursday
“We’ve just got to understand that to win games in big time environments we’ve got to do a better job at the free throw line. That’s one of our Achilles Heels. We’ve got to do a better job. In games, when it’s nip and tuck, we’ve got to step up and make free throws.”
On the Huskies’ assist to turnover ratio
“Twenty-one assists to eight turnovers – I’ll take that ratio all day. That is, by far, our high in assists.”
On Daniel Hamilton’s play
“I thought Daniel had a great floor game. He was a stat-stuffer – Seven assists, nine points, 10 rebounds.”
On guard Ryan Boatright
“Boat played with experience and poise. When we needed a big shot he was able to step up to the plate.”
On going forward
“Now it’s about production. We’re going to keep playing hard, we’re going to keep being up in the frame, we’re going to gamble a lit bit more on defense, and challenge our opponents to make more plays.”
Sophomore Center Amida Brimah
“I’m just happy we won this game as a team. We played together this time around. We have to always come out aggressive like we did today. This was the perfect energy to come out with.”
Freshman Guard Daniel Hamilton
“I think I got my versatility from all my brothers-playing against them, learning different things from each and every one of them and that’s what helped me out a lot. I just wanted to come out here and facilitate, not only just score. And I think that’s what helped me, just sacrificing because I don’t have to score a lot of points I know I can facilitate and get people involved.”
Senior Guard Ryan Boatright
On not being able to gain a substantial lead
“That’s always disappointing when you make the game harder than it has to be. Once you get a team down 18 you have to put them away. When you’re hitting 3-pointers on the outside, they have to respect you and respect the long ball. The hesitation to just load up in the paint is what led to Amida Brimah getting all those dunks.”
UCF Coach Donnie Jones
On what was key to UConn pulling ahead?
“They made shots. In the first half if you make 10 threes you’re going to have a chance to get a lead. They shot the ball extremely well. We really wanted to play zone in this game but they hit some deep threes too. Give them credit.
They had it going early on. We tried to make some adjustments, fought back, got in the game, and cut it to 6. We came back in the second half, but with Boatright and those guys playing pick and roll with Brimah we knew it would be tough for us because of the his length. I thought they did a good job with that.
We turned it over -- too many turnovers. 18 points off turnovers changed the game for them. With our young team, sometimes we don’t make good decisions. That really hurt us.”
What was key for getting you back in the game?
“We got some stops and came down and executed offensively and took the right shots.
Once we got rattled and started playing fast -- give them credit, they hurried us up -- our young guys made some tough decisions that hurt us.”