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Post-Game Quotes: UConn 66, USF 53

Jan. 25, 2015

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UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie

“I thought our guys tried to come out with energy, we got a lead, but at the end of the day we’ve got to put teams away.” 

On the play of Ryan Boatright

“Ryan stepped up when it was nip and tuck in the second half and scored 13 straight points for us. That’s what senior leaders are supposed to do, and that’s what he’s being doing the last two games. Ryan is a leader.  He stepped up to the plate and came in with a little fire in his stomach because I wanted him to play a little harder.  And I think that’s what he did.” 

On Rodney Purvis

“Rodney is providing us energy off the bench, instant energy, and attacking the rim.  So whatever it is with him coming off the bench, he’s playing better.” 

On the play of Omar Calhoun

“Omar is playing better.  This game I just didn’t see the punch so I went with Rodney a little bit more.”

On UConn’s foul shooting

“Ryan (Boatright) did an exceptional job going 10-11, and Rodney shot them better than we he’s been doing, finishing eight for 12.”

On his team’s 3-point shooting

“Good to see our 3-point shooting come alive the last three games.  I think we’re shooting over 50 percent the last three games.”

On the Huskies’ turnovers today

“I do not like 16 turnovers, especially coming off of one our best games (eight turnovers and 21 assists against UCF).  We’ve got to do better job with that, especially at Cincinnati.  They’re going to pack it in and we’re going to have to make good decisions.  We can’t turn it over 16 times going on the road.”

Redshirt Sophomore Guard Rodney Purvis
On how all the fouls affected the length of the game
“That was definitely one of the most challenging games. After the first half I thought the game was over with how long it was. But games like that you’re going to have—tit for tat you know—but the main thing is staying aggressive.”

On UConn’s free throw shooting today
“We can definitely get a whole lot better. We’ve been shooting free throws the last couples days in practice. Free throws can help you win or lose a game.”

Senior Guard Ryan Boatright
On having to sit for a little bit in the first half
“Coach Ollie has his own way of doing whatever he does. When I came back in the game I knew I was going be aggressive.”

On his own 13-point run in the second half
“I just knew I was going to go in and play aggressive. I wasn’t going to force anything, but I was just going take the shots that were given to me and I knocked them down.”

Sophomore Center Amida Brimah
On how he stayed focused with all the fouls that were called
“It’s always hard to get a rhythm when you get a lot of foul calls and stuff. But I just try to stay in the game and make sure when I went to the bench I was still talking so I can stay active when I come back in the game.”

On UConn’s inability to put teams away when it has a lead

“When we play together we have the opportunity to blow teams out, but then we start playing individual basketball and allow opponents to do what they want. That’s what’s killing us—we just need to stick together.”

USF Head Coach Orlando Antigua
“UConn did a great job of adjusting in the second half to our zone, and then Boatright got going and made a couple of huge bombs.  He saw that ball start going through the basket. And when you’re as talented as he is, and he gets a little groove going, it’s hard to stop the floodgates. We tried to change-up defenses and give them different looks and they did a great job adjusting.”

On what was the key to USF’s second half run?
“One of the things we were able to do was to change up some defenses and go into zone and then at times go into man. We were just giving them a steady diet (of defenses), trying to make them take contested shots with a us in front of them, and then boxing out and trying to cover up the glass. We did it for a while and got within one possession -- which I was really happy for our guys -- but just came up a little short.”

On the progress your young team is making
“We’ve seen incremental steps of growth but with a young team you have your ups and downs. We just have to try to get to a place where we can be consistent.”