Feb. 4, 2016
"I am most proud of how we stuck together. We were down eight in the second half. Rice had a lot of momentum. It was not looking good for us, but we did not fold. The guys really stuck together. During the timeouts, they were engaged. They were attentive and really tried to execute the next play and take it possession by possession."
On the final 10 minutes of the game:
"I thought our guys started to get into more of a rhythm of guarding Rice. They are very difficult cover. They score the ball very well and they do it in a unique way. They are different than all of the other teams in our league that we have played. We started to get into a better rhythm. We were mixing lineups and we found a good combination and were able to ride that combination for a good while."
On being up just two points at halftime:
"I was kind of happy. You would think with the way we played, we would not have a lead. We turned it over a lot and were in foul trouble. We fouled a lot. I thought we were sloppy offensive, but to be in a position to have a two-point lead I thought we were very fortunate. We knew they would come out in the second half and really come at us and they did. Thankfully, we were able to find a way to get back in front."
On Alex Hamilton:
"I thought Alex really found his spots tonight. He did not force the issue too early. And as we were able to spread the floor more and more, he was able to find his areas and made some big plays continuously in a lot of different ways. He had a huge game as did Derric Jean. I thought Derric, on the road as a freshman when big plays were needed against their pressure, he really did a nice job."
On the short turn before playing North Texas:
"We need to rejuvenate and get some rest. The guys will enjoy this one tonight and the coaches will get right to work on North Texas. We have got to have a practice tomorrow and get ready to play. They are another team that can score in bunches. They are going to be on their home floor. We will have to be ready."
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