Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes: No. 15 Vanderbilt 97, UMass 88

Jan. 5, 2008

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Kevin Stallings:

Opening statement:
"If you like basketball, you had to enjoy that game. It was a well-played game between two very good teams. We obviously are extremely happy to have come out on the long end of it tonight. Our guys kept grinding it out and fighting. Finally, and I don't know if it was fatigue or just Shan Foster making one incredible shot after another, but we were able to slow them down. I'm really proud of our team to get through the non-conference schedule undefeated."

On Keegan Bell and Darshawn McClellan:
"I thought Keegan Bell's play in the second half was a big key to our momentum. Darshawn (McClellan) filled in for Ross (Neltner) on a night where Ross didn't play a lot. Keegan's spark in the second half was big for us."

On whether this was Vanderbilt's biggest win of the season:
"It's hard to judge our best wins and our worst losses, but we're happy with today's win. Massachusetts will play in the NCAA Tournament. They're an NCAA Tournament team, so it was a really good win because we were able to close out the non-conference schedule undefeated."

On Shan Foster's play:
"He's playing unbelievable right now. It's remarkable how he plays. He cramped up a bit in the second half. He's been doing this for four years and still doing it today. There's not a more devoted guy to the team than Shan. Shan is a team guy and it's nice to see those types of guys succeed."

Vanderbilt Players:

Forward Shan Foster:

On winning the game:
"This is a big game. So far this is (our biggest win). They've beaten some quality opponents on the road, and they're a good team.

On the importance of this game:
"We're just happy about being able to finish our non-conference schedule undefeated and playing the type of basketball we're capable of. A lot of guys played really well for us today. Guys came off the bench - Keegan (Bell), Darshawn (McClellan), and George Drake. Those guys just game in and gave us lots of energy and played great for us."

On making tightly-defended shots:
"I guess I just got used to it. I'm used to hitting shots with a hand in my face. Andre (Walker) does a great job in practice of playing defense on me and preparing me for the tough defense I see in games."

Center Andrew Ogilvy:

On having to come from behind early in the game:
"We weren't too worried. We knew our defensive effort would allow us to get back into the game. We just had to buckle down and get some stops."

On getting to play in front of his parents, who came from Australia:
"It's a great to be able to have them here. It's just been wonderful. They didn't think they were going to make it and then they were able to come for the last two and they'll be here for the South Carolina game (on Wednesday) and obviously that's a big game for us."

UMASS Head Coach Travis Ford:

Opening statement:
"Give Vanderbilt credit for today's win.  I kept telling my friends that live here that they're one of the best teams I've seen.  I've seen North Carolina, UCLA, Memphis and some others.  Vanderbilt has a lot of weapons.  We played good basketball tonight.  Our guys fought really hard, we executed our gameplan.  Vanderbilt did a great job of adjusting to things we were trying to do.  We made our runs.  We like to run and press and I though tonight was a really exciting college basketball game.  I'm disappointed that we lost.  Give coach Stallings credit, he has developed some good players from Foster on down.  Foster is the best player we've faced this year."

On Vanderbilt catching up in the first and second half:
"They made a lot of three-pointers.  We would go on a scoring drought for a while and Vanderbilt would continue to make threes.  It was just a combination of giving up three-pointers and not scoring."

On defensive effort:
"I was not happy with the overall effort we had today.  I don't like to lose.  Part of coaching is figuring out how to stop somebody and we didn't do that with Foster.  We also kept making bad rotations with our press."

On UMASS making three-pointers:
"We've been playing some games where we haven't made many shots and won some.  For us to become a great team and reach our potential, we need to make more shots, especially three-pointers."

On fatigue:
"I think both teams were fatigued throughout the game.  It was a fast-paced game and both teams wanted to run.  I was surprised that Ogilvy was able to play as long as he did today and have 25 points with 11 rebounds.  He's an excellent player."




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