Men's Basketball

Postgame Quotes: UMass 78, Fordham 76

Jan. 6, 2010

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Derek Kellogg opening statement
That is three one or two point games out of our last four so I guess our guys are getting good experience at late game situations. I thought for a minute there that we might pull away from Fordham, we went up 13 or 14 points at one point and then all of the sudden the kid Butler started hitting threes from everywhere. Some of the shots were ones that I would live with but when others started going in we decided to try and trap him and he just stepped back and hit another one. He single handedly put them on his back and carried them. We made some plays there towards the end and we were fortunate enough to win one and come away 1-0 in the conference. That was the best I have seen Fordham play all year.

Coach Kellogg on the match up of Ricky Harris and Brenton Butler
They took a lot of shots between them. Rickey was 2-10 at the half and I think he went 5-8 in the second half and he played a much better game. I was happy that he had six assists because the ball was a little sticky and he did a nice job of getting the other players involved.

Coach Kellogg on the last play
That was the plan A all the way. Some coaches would have called a time out there, but I wanted to get the ball in to Ricky's hands and he already had it. I didn't want to give them a chance to set their defense. Not that the shot was great, but there were two other guys who were wide open so he could have passed if he wanted to. He doesn't do that too much in that situation.

Ricky Harris on the final play of the game
Basically I just wanted to get the ball. Coach told me he wanted me to have the ball in my hand in that moment and I just wanted to have the ball. They were face guarding me the whole night and I was able to find a way to get open and hit a tough shot.

Ricky Harris on the quality of the win
It was a good win after we lost last week to Davidson and it is a good start off to conference play. For now though we could do better. That was a good team, their record doesn't really show it but I felt that we could have done a lot better. There are still things that we could improve on, our free throw shooting and rebounding. It was a good win and a chance for the freshman to get their feet wet in the A-10 conference.

Big City Hashim Bailey on several big rebounds towards the end of the game
I feel like every time I can get into the game I can contribute, make my team better. Coach is always saying go out there and play as hard as you can. I know that I am not in the best of shape so I go out there to give the best of my ability every time I touch the floor.

Bailey on his diving rebound late in the game
That was the biggest play, a game winning play right there, diving to the floor to get the ball to Freddie (Riley) for the trey ball.

Freddie Riley on how he felt his first game back after missing four games with a knee injury
I was comfortable both physically and mentally. I am just trying to get back in shape but I did feel comfortable out on the court.

Riley on his three point shot after Bailey's diving rebound
I knew it was a big shot. I try not to think about it. If you think about it too much you are probably going to miss it.

Bailey on hitting some big free throws early in the game to set the tone for his night
I am struggling on free throws. I don't know what it is, I used to be a good free throw shooter. I don't know what is going on, I think I am getting stronger in the weight room, but it feels good to hit a couple of free throws.




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