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Post-Game Quotes: Memphis 54, UConn 53

March 6, 2015

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UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie

Give Memphis credit.  They came out and they played hard.  They took it to us right at the beginning of the game. They junked up the game.  They played with a sense of urgency, and we didn’t, right from the tap. 

I thought the guys just forgot what we did against SMU.  We shared the basketball, we played together, and I just thought there was just a little bit too much selfishness out there today.

On the final play with eight seconds to go

We were just trying to get Boatright the ball.  “Boatright, make a play.” That’s basically it.  You’re taking it the full length of the court so it’s not like you can run three down screens.  So, you put the ball in your senior’s hands and hopefully he can make a play.  Unfortunately, he just didn’t.

On Memphis’s go ahead basket

Shaq made a good play.  I thought Phil played good defense once again.  The shot hit all parts of the rim and still bounced in.”

On the play of Memphis guard Trahson Burrell

Burrell came out and really just took over the game in the second half on high screen and rolls.  We wanted to kind of trap him, try to cuff him, but we never got him under control.  He was getting offensive rebounds and keeping the ball alive.  He played terrific basketball.

Senior Guard Ryan Boatright
On UConn’s last possession of the night

"I just didn't take a real good shot, I'm not even going make up any excuses. I could have got a better shot off than that. I didn't make the right decision."

On Connecticut’s slow start to the game

"I don't know why there would have been jitters, there's only two seniors. We just didn't come out with the right mindset. We weren't doing nothing that we worked on all week. We just started slow."

Freshman Guard Daniel Hamilton

"It was a real tough loss. It all came down to one stop and we just didn't get that stop. We shot the ball bad, rebounded poorly and now we just have to work on that stuff."

On the reason for UConn’s struggle at the end of the game 

"We weren’t running our offensive all the way through. Everybody was trying to do individually, including myself. I took some bad shots and the open shots I was passing up, which was tough."

Memphis Head Coach Josh Pastner

“I’m very proud of our young men.  It was a great win against a great UConn team that’s extremely well coached by Coach Ollie.  We were very fortunate to get the win.  Coming off of two losses, the sky is falling in Memphis, a lot of doubters for us coming into this week, lose our top player in Austin, and coming here for a home game on senior night, for our guys to fight, grind, push through and find a way to get a victory in a hostile environment on Senior Day with our backs against the wall, and UConn making those runs, and finding a way to get the W, I’m very proud of our young men.

I thought my assistant coaches came up with a great game plan and the players executed the game plan.  So, any credit goes to those two parties – the assistant coaches and the players.”

On holding UConn to under 28% shooting

“We were good tonight defensively.  Like I said, that’s a credit to our guys executing the game plan and the assistants putting the game plan.”

On the final play

“We wanted to get the ball to Shaq.  The basketball gods had the ball bounce six or seven times around the rim and it went in.  This year with us we’ve had a few that had gone the other way against us, so it worked in our favor tonight.”

On Trahson Burrell’s game

“We needed him to step up and put the ball in the basket, especially in Austin’s (Nichols) absence, and he did that.  He came through for us big time – hit some big shots.”

On the refereeing

“I had to tell them in timeouts, ‘your job is to play, not referee.’  It’s my job to talk to the refs.  I don’t use any curse words, so if I’m talking to the referee it’s nothing derogatory because I would never do anything disrespectful.”