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Postgame Quotes - Syracuse 72, UConn 63 (Jimmy V Classic at MSG)

Dec. 6, 2017

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Jimmy V Classic

Madison Square Garden

Syracuse vs. UConn

December 6, 2017


Coach Kevin Ollie

On the game:

“Once again we just dug ourselves too big of a hole. We didn’t come out with the defensive effort from the first half. They got offensive rebounds and one of our game plans was to keep them off the offensive rounds. We know they are a great offensive rebounding team, and we just got to establish that from the first part of the game. I thought in the second half we started getting stops, we got back in the game, but it was a little bit too late.”

On Syracuse’s Matthew Moyer and Oshae Brissett:

“Two freshmen pretty much beat us tonight. (Oshae) Brissett was absolutely great, first offensive possession he got an offensive rebound. We talked about him all practice and keeping him off the board. Two freshmen beat us and they have two really good freshmen, but they aren’t that good. We have to do a better job understanding we can’t allow those guys to win a game against us. We did a good job on (Frank) Howard, we knew (Tyus) Battle would get his points, but we can’t allow those two freshmen to take over the game and that’s exactly what they did.”

Christian Vital

On not being able to tie the game:

 (We were) Not getting enough stops. We knew they were scoring, they were rebounding and we had to keep them off the glass. It just basically came down to us not getting enough stops.”

On playing in the Jimmy V Classic:

“It was a great event. It was a great tournament. It was two great games tonight, and it was an honor to play in the tournament in front of our fans. They were really loud tonight and helped us during that run, and we appreciate them for that.”

Jalen Adams

On the turnovers:

“I think we have to be a lot smarter with the ball, take our time and make the simple play.”