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Post-Game Quotes: Arizona State 68, UConn 61

March 18, 2015

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UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie

"My hat is off to Arizona State for traveling across the country, coming out and playing a really good basketball game. I think this is the first time all year we gave up 50 percent shooting. They did a good job spreading the floor out, getting fast break points and getting layups.

It was kind of our whole season and the inconsistencies that we have. You don't want to go out with the season ending like this in front of your home crowd, but we'll be back next year and we're going to work hard."

On UConn's play in the first half

"We weren't playing a lick of defense. Guys weren't rotating the right way. And you can't run any offense when you're not playing good defense."

On how the guys responded in the second half

"I thought our guys really came out and played and started really executing and penetrating and finding the open man. You just can't get down by 16. I can't question the guys' fight, but you just can't keep digging yourself a hole like that. We really picked it up on the offensive end and got ourselves back in the ballgame, but it was a little bit too late."

On the career of Ryan Boatright.

"He had a great career. I know there are going to be some great things for him in the future. I think he grew up as a man and as a basketball player. He has a lot of pride to get better. I know he wanted his team to go out on a better note and I imagine he wanted himself to go out on a better note, but God is preparing him for something great. That kid has grown a lot. He has bright future. Boat wants it, and he's going to do whatever it takes to get it."

Freshman Guard Daniel Hamilton
On the 30 second shot clock tonight
"The 30-second shot clock was kind of fast, faster than usual. But, I like how the pace was...It definitely fit my style a little bit more. You have to make plays quick you can't think about it, you just have to go out there and make plays."

On the legacy of Ryan Boatright
"Ryan has a great legacy. Four years, went to the NCAA Championship last year, helped win a championship for the team. You can't ask for anything better than that. Top 10 in scoring and coming from one of the best universities there is...He's a legend here at UConn."

Redshirt Sophomore Guard Rodney Purvis
On adjustments that UConn made at halftime
"Just to be more aggressive and just playing. I think we were a little too timid in the first half so Terrence had to get accustomed to a couple things and he adjusted in the second half."

On what UConn has to work on for next year
"These guys just need to look in the mirror and know what they need to get better on. For me, I need to get better with my ball handling. So I'm going be working, and I'm going to get back in the gym this week sometime."

Sophomore Guard Terrence Samuel
On what Boatright said to him at halftime
"He was just telling me that I'm a better player than the way I was playing in the first half. I was playing a little nervous and he said do what you do in practice, you have to play the way you play in practice in a game."

On his improved performance in the second half
"We didn't finish this game out right but we can use this as a learning experience for next year. We've got everybody coming back except Ryan so we just have to use this as a tool for next year."

Arizona State Head Coach Herb Sendek

"I'm really proud of our guys. We had a very difficult loss a week ago in our conference tournament. We came back and had some good days of practice and I thought our guys hung tough, even after we went from (up) 16 to tied, and made a few plays down the end that allowed us to get a win.

Give UConn a lot of credit. They battled back. They're a championship program. They know how to win and they really had a nice comeback."

On the play of Shaq McKissic
"He has been playing his career-best basketball down the homestretch. It's so important to him that at times you almost feel him willing our team to wins. He made some big baskets down the homestretch and he's done that time and time again for us this season."

On the 30 second shot clock
"It actually affected the game more than I thought it would in part because UConn is so long and so athletic that they're good on defense and we found ourselves up against it more than I thought. Even UConn found itself themselves against it a few times. I don't think either team really had a chance to strategize or prepare in just a few days. It was very interesting that those very few five seconds seemed to have both teams up against the shot clock more than regular."

On having to travel across the country
"We're lucky young people are playing the game, and they are able to overcome those variables more better than old guys like us."


 

 

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