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UConn 85, East Carolina 67 Quotes

Feb. 7, 2016

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UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie

Opening Statement

“I thought we played a real solid second half. I thought we messed around with the game just a little bit in the first half. We had a couple of careless turnovers, but we cut that down and just had two in the second half. I thought we gave up too many offensive rebounds and we really shut that down in second half. We really got back to playing really solid, good defense and then our offense came alive in the second half. I’m very proud of the guys. We prepared very very hard for this game. It really showed in the second half when we started stepping up our defense effort and got back out in transition.”

On guard play

“I think they complement each other very very well, when we were struggling in the first half a couple of our guards really stepped it up, getting to the hole and getting layups, putting pressure on their transition defense. I thought they did a wonderful job.”

On Jalen Adams

“He’s a great penetrator and he’s a great finisher. I mean he just makes some wonderful wonderful layups and you can not even teach that. That’s just natural ability.”


UConn Freshman Guard Jalen Adams

On team’s defense

“[Coach Ollie] wants us to force teams to take deep threes and then box out. When we do that we get on a run, get dunks, and when are at our best.”

On 22-5 run in the second half

“Just make the extra pass to the open guy. Keep getting stops. If we do that the ball is just going to find the open guy and we just keep rolling.”

UConn Sophomore Forward Daniel Hamilton

On rebounding

“I credit it to playing my brothers in my backyard and having to go up and get your own rebound. I think that’s what I did tonight just go up and get the rebound.”

On improving his shooting

“It’s definitely confidence. Just coming out and being aggressive and not thinking about it. I think I thought about it too much in January. I wanted to come out and just not think about it and shoot it with confidence and believe in myself.”