Mike Dunleavy, Sr. – Tulane Head Coach
On momentum shift:
"We’ve played a lot of games like tonight, where we get in foul trouble or something happens and we have a break down defensively. All of the sudden, the other guys get a little bit of a run and it’s hard for us to come back."
On shot selection:
"We had a lot of great looks tonight. I think we were 2 of our last 19 from the 3-point line and a lot of them were just wide-open looks."
On keys down the stretch:
"So, it’s been a combination at times of not being able to make open shots and games get strung out."
On team struggles:
"We’ve played a lot of games where we’re playing great for probably 33 of the minutes. We just have some drop offs and can’t get things done."
Kevin Ollie, UConn Head Coach
On Second Half Performance:
"They came out and took it to us in the first half,then our guys showed some great perseverance to make that comeback. They have been showing great perseverance this entire week. 3 games, 3 wins, with 6 guys is a phenomenal feat."
On the Crowd:
"I can't say enough about the crowd. 9,200 screaming fans at Gampel made it feel like the old times. Especially in the second half."
On Getting to Free Throw Line:
"Our guys did a great job getting to the line. I would imagine that is the most free throws we have shot in a game this season. They put their heads down and attacked the basket and did a great job."
The keys to their run of points:
"We just got in a huddle and we just talked about how we have to stay together and play strong defense."
Issue in the first 10-12 minutes of the game:
"I think we underestimated this team a little bit. When we got in the locker room we knew this was a good team we just have to play UConn basketball."
How important is the energy that you guys bring to your success?:
"When we play with energy, we're unstoppable. We just have to play with the same energy consistently."
Getting three wins in a week with only 6 guys and not much rest, how did you manage to do it?:
"We've been taking care of our bodies because we know we have to play more minutes. It's our senior year- me, Kentan and Purvis, so we can’t let up."
The mindset that allowed you to lead the team on that 17-0 run:
"We knew we had to punch back. They were coming at us at all ends and they were shooting the ball well earlier in the game, but we came back with a stronger defensive mindset and that kind of helped us."
What does a guy like Mike Noyes do for you?:
"I wish he got a couple more opportunities to score. Mike challenges everyone every day. For me personally, he knows the game better than I do, so he tries to explain things from a guard’s point of view."
On his amount of rebounds:
"That's what the team needed out of me tonight. My role is to be productive and be solid for us and that's just me playing hard and making plays."
Where does all the energy come from?:
"All the running we do in practice. We are one of the better conditioned teams in the country. We have guys that don't slack off so even though me and Vance are freshmen, we need to step up to be energized like the seniors."
What's the most impressive thing about Kentan?:
"He's been a dog. That dunk he had speaks for itself. He's been playing extremely well. His versatility and how much he cares. People don't see what happens in practice. In practice he'll get on a guy for a simple play and that just shows how much he cares and that definitely rubs off on me. It makes me not want to let him down because it’s his senior year. I appreciate his leadership and his work ethic."
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