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Post-Game Quotes: UConn 70, Tulsa 45

Feb. 12, 2015

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UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie

It was a great game by us – probably our most complete game from top to bottom, defensively and offensively.  That’s a team that’s been scoring in the high 60s and we held them to below 50.  That’s a pretty good performance.”

On the play of Amida Brimah

“He has 15 blocks in the last two games.  He’s been doing a remarkable job.”

On 15 assists and 7 turnovers

“Our guys really took care of the “cake” – that’s what we call the basketball.”

On smaller line up

“Daniel (Hamilton) really spread the floor and allowed us to attack…. It just gives us a lot more spacing, a lot more creativity in the package we have offensively.”

On Ryan Boatright

“He’s playing really great basketball – composed.  Eight assists and one turnover.  He’s just playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played.” 

On UConn’s defense on Woodard and Harrison

“To hold Woodard to zero points is just a marvelous job, not only by Terrence, who started on him, but by everybody who played him.  And holding Harrison down, too, because he’s a great penetrator. “

Our his team’s transition defense

“Our transition defense was good.  We had a couple of breakdowns, but overall I was very pleased.”

On the beginning of second half

“We came out and went five for five, made a great defensive stance and really kind of took the game over.”

Tulsa Head Coach Frank Haith
“UConn played great.  I thought they were outstanding. They shot the ball real well particularly in the second half.  Defensively they were real good.  We really struggled scoring around the basket.  But they whipped us in every aspect of the game.  They were tougher, way more aggressive, and I think the opposite of the way it was at our place.  And give them credit, they played the game the way it needs to be played to win the game.”

What did UConn do better defensively tonight?
They were quicker to the ball.  Hamilton was really good.  He made some defensive plays.  He blocked some shots. We’re a team that scores in the paint and I think they did a good job taking away the paint.  And obviously they have the big fella, Amida Brimah, blocking shots.  But I think they did a good job of keeping us at bay and keeping us in front of them.

Obviously, it’s going to be tough for us when James Woodard doesn’t score to win many games. They did a good job of knowing where he (Woodard) was at and having a hand in his face.”

Senior Guard Ryan Boatright
On whether communication has been this good all year:
“No, we just got that good. In the last three weeks, we’ve been able to get it to the level we’re at now. Communication’s great, we’re moving our feet and able to keep guys in front of us instead of letting them get into the paint, and then we have Brimah cleaning everything up back there. He’s really the anchor of our defense.”

On how to keep the momentum going for SMU:
“It’s back to the drawing board tomorrow. We’re going to practice extremely hard, and keep doing what we’re doing…We have to take it one game at a time.”

On how a win like this gives the younger players confidence:
“Definitely, it gives us a great deal of confidence. We’ve  just got to keep going. Guys are getting in the gym and putting in the extra work, and that’s what it takes to get to the next level and to be a great team.”

Redshirt Sophomore Guard Rodney Purvis
On the press tonight:
The press was good for us, just take some time off the shot clock. We got them to turn the ball over and had some back court violations… It gets you loose and creates a lot of energy. You’re out there making plays, getting some steals, and just having a good time with your team on the floor.”

On how enjoyable it is to play a game when you’re ahead:
“It’s always better to play when you’re up than when you’re having to come back. We’ve been in that position a lot, so we’re trying to change that. We want to get out, get a lead, and just play sound and continue to share the ball and do the small things to keep the lead.”

On whether the team has been practicing better lately:
“It’s about maturity. Earlier on, we were an immature team. I feel like we’ve had a lot of growth lately, and it’s showing on the court. This team killed us when we played them earlier this season and I feel like now we’re a different team, by just focusing in practice and then having that carry over to the game.”