Post-Game Quotes

Nov. 17, 2015

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Eric Konkol Post UT Arlington

Opening Statement:

"We got into a rhythm because we started playing a lot harder and trusting each other. We made a few adjustments, some lineup changes, and tried to get a speedy group out there. They provided a spark. We had a few really good hustle plays and that really changed the momentum in the game. I told the guys, the best thing that basketball teaches you is that you have to play together and play really hard. That is what happened."

"I thought tonight was a major opportunity to grow. We played against a good team that is very well coached. They run a lot of different offenses and defenses and we had to figure it out. Our environment is great. People are so supportive. The crowd got into it. There was a real lift; you could feel it in the second half. It sparked the guys and sparked the crowd. We just started to steam roll a little bit. I am just really proud of the guys for sticking together and pushing forward."

On freshmen:

"For freshmen to play in a game like this, where you are being asked in Jy'lan's [Washington] case to play that five and Derric [Jean] being asked to handle the ball, you could see them growing in front of your eyes. I am just really proud of them for sticking together, sticking with the plan and working with the other guys to come away with it."

On Erik McCree:

"I just could not take him out. We tried to use our timeouts in the end, when we needed our legs. We used the media timeouts to try and be strategic. I told the guys that we need a gut check. We need stops and we need energy. You guys have to find it inside. They did. I am proud of their effort and leadership."

On returning players:

"I told the guys congratulations on the great win and we can learn a lot from this. I know you guys are excited to have your teammates back on Saturday and there was a standing ovation. They are happy for their teammates. We have had really good practices with them and I am looking forward to those guys having a uniform on."

On half-court offense and defense:

"We went to the press early and got into foul trouble. They were flying up the floor and I thought it ignited them a little bit. I knew they would come out fired up. In the second half, I was really proud of how the guys improved each possession. That is all we were asking, to get better each possession. We rebounded fairly well. We made them miss enough. There are a lot of different things we can take away from it. I thought we took a step forward tonight."




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