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Post-Game Quotes: UConn 67, Tulane 60

Feb. 22, 2015

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UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie

“It wasn’t an easy win, but we’ll take it.  Ed does a great job with that team.  They never get blown out, they’re always in the game.  They’re a scrappy bunch and they’ve got three great guards.  We just grinded it out, and they make you play that way. 

Every possession, every cut, they’re not taking bad shots.  They run their offense real well. It was a great test for us.  I think we passed it.  Hopefully, we’ll get some momentum on our side going to ECU.”

On the play of Daniel Hamilton

“He had some fantastic plays….Nine assists, nine rebounds.  That’s what we need from him.  He’s coming into his own and it going to be great to see him develop over the next couple of years.” 

On Hamilton’s lob passes to Brimah on Sunday

“I just like to get Daniel in some space.  He has a terrific ball fake, and a lot of guys go for it, but then he has poise to come to a jump stop.  And he has feel and vision.  Everybody can’t make that pass.  He has a really good knack, and Amida has a really good knack going up there and catching, eyeing the rim and finishing.” 

On Phillip Nolan being in the starting five

“I’m just looking. I’m trying to give the right mix of guys. Phil did an awesome job in the Memphis game, and we knew they had some guys out here that he could play defense on.  They really didn’t have a big time shooter at the four that can spread you out.  I just decided to go with Phil.  It’s just a game to game, practice to practice evaluation to come out with my starting five.” 

On UConn’s turnovers

“We had too many turnovers, but we got stops.” 

On his team’s 3-point shooting defense

“We need to clean it up.  We’re allowing too many teams to shoot too high a percentage from the three-point line.  We’ve got to do a better job running guys off threes, making them take contested twos.”

Sophomore Center Amida Brimah
On shutting down the backdoor cuts
"We realized what they did to us and the coaches did a good job on working on that with us."
On the importance of carrying momentum after Sunday’s win
"We have to keep winning, and we have to win on our away games too. And we just have to get better before the tournament starts."

Freshman Guard Daniel Hamilton
"I was just driving to the hole and drawing Amida’s man so I could throw it up to him. If his man is not there then I'll take the jumper, but his man committed to me and I just threw a lot to him and he finished everything." 
On the key to his rebounding ability

"A sense of urgency. I need to get every rebound. We have to make this tournament and I just have to play with a sense of urgency each and every game and not take it for granted. We got four games left and I'm just trying to make the most of it."

Tulane Head Coach Ed Conroy
What changed over the last 4 minutes to allow UConn to pull away?
“I thought they made some big time shots and plays.  I think, quite frankly, a couple of ours didn’t go in.  I thought they made the plays down the stretch.  I thought they executed really well.  Hamilton found Brimah and that was the key.

We outrebounded them, got to the free throw line more than they did, and those are usually good ingredients to go into success on the road.  I thought we could have made a few more shots and maybe some better decisions around the basket on some shots that got blocked.  Other than that, I think our guys played really hard and I’m proud of their effort.”